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Tony shows off his new prosthetic 'stubbies' in video by mum Paula Hudgell from Kings Hill


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Incredible footage filmed by a proud mum shows her four-year-old boy making giant strides towards a new pair of prosthetic legs years after he was rescued from horrific abuse.

Tony Hudgell has become a mini celebrity around Maidstone and Kings Hill thanks to a campaign to see sentences increased for child abusers.

His face is recognised by thousands thanks to the tireless efforts of his adoptive mum Paula and the rest of Bear's Army.

Tony walking with his new prosthetic "stubbies"

Their petition for tougher sentences for people like Tony's biological parents, Jody Simpson and Antony Smith, who were jailed for leaving Tony with horrifying injuries, reach parliament earlier this year resulting in Tom Tugendhat MP handing it over in the House of Commons.

Video recorded by Paula yesterday showed Tony at his rehabilitation clinic in Crystal Palace trying his new "stubbies", prosthetics used to help him learn to walk.

Paula, who lives in Kings Hill, said: "Tony asked for a Spiderman design and the other pair he has are skull and crossbones.

Tony Hudgell tried out his new 'stubbies' (7636953)
Tony Hudgell tried out his new 'stubbies' (7636953)

"He loves pirates and Spiderman.

"It is done with a mould of the leg and then made with really heavy plastic.

"The stubbies are attached to these new Lycra pull up shorts so it helps them stay up.

Tony and mum Paula Hudgell at home in Victoria Drive, Kings Hill...Picture: Sean Aidan..... (5757456)
Tony and mum Paula Hudgell at home in Victoria Drive, Kings Hill...Picture: Sean Aidan..... (5757456)

"The bottoms have a non-slip texture so that they are pretty durable and won't break."

The long-term aim is for Tony to be able to wear prosthetics with realistic joints in them for mobility.

Due to his horrific injuries suffered as a new born baby, including broken legs and infections, he under went a double amputation and medical professionals still fear there are still issues surrounding his hip.

Paula Hudgell with Tony and MP Tom Tugendhat at parliament (6408471)
Paula Hudgell with Tony and MP Tom Tugendhat at parliament (6408471)

However, Paula believes the youngster is making good progress.

She said: "He needs these now so he can start taking his own steps.

"This is the first step and then he will have taller ones. Eventually if this works and he wears them they will be made longer and basically, one day, having a knee joint put in too.

"That is going to take several months of hard work. Because Tony is so mobile he finds them so restricting at the moment.

"He isn't overly happy about it because it is such a chore but he will realise it is worth it.

"He has never walked before and because of his hip joint doctors are unsure as to how stable it is but at the moment it is really good which is great news."

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