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Photos: Girl ‘Boiled Alive’ Walked 7 Years After She Was Told She Would Never Be Able To Walk

Photos: Girl ‘Boiled Alive’ Walked 7 Years After She Was Told She Would Never Be Able To Walk

A 15 months old, Tilly Sawford’s who was boiled alive by a hot bath 7-years -ago, has reportedly taken her first steps after being told she would never walk again.

Mirror report says in 2009, Tilly was playing upstairs with her two brothers when she fell into a bath full of scalding water. Miraculously, her face was the only part of her body which wasn’t burnt in the accident. Her mother, Emma  said:

“I was always taking the kids all around the house with me, but on this occasion they were happy playing, so I left the three of them in the bathroom as I popped downstairs.

“Next thing I know, I heard this screaming so I ran upstairs and Tilly was in the bath.

“Steam was rising from the bath and she had no skin on.

“She looked like a raw piece of meat you feed to a lion.”


Emma further explained, that the  bath had accidentally filled up after one of her siblings turned on the tap to wash his hands. Little did they know that a ‘faulty boiler’ made the water reached full boil in a matter of seconds.

She said: “One of them went to the toilet but they were too small to reach the sink, so they washed their hands in the bath.

“They left it running and the pressure of the water jammed the plug, which meant it started to fill up.

“Tilly had then climbed on a bean bag in the bathroom and fallen into the bath.

“She became unconscious in my arms as I was on the phone to the ambulance and her eyes started rolling back.”



After awhile, Paramedics reportedly arrived and rushed Tilly to hospital, where she spent the next six months in intensive care.

Emma was told her baby wouldn’t pull through and was given just five per cent chance of survival after the horror accident.

After six months Emma and her husband were ‘over the moon’ when they finally brought their little girl back home at the end of 2009. Though that wasn’t the end of the road for Tilly, as she still goes to hospital four times a week for check ups.

Towards the end of 2015, Tilly reportedly became ill again.

 “Her knee joint was no good and blood wasn’t getting through, so her leg was technically dying off as a result of the accident.

“We were told she’d never be able to walk with that leg and doctors mentioned amputation, but I wanted Tilly to make the decision.

“She decided she wanted to go for it, so on January 4 2016 she had her right leg amputated, Emma said:

The courageous mom added that:

“There were complications and she lost a lot of blood, but as soon as she had a blood transfusion she started picking up.”

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In June 2016, Tilly reportedly had her first prosthetic fitted which was too small, but she’s since had a new one.


“She’s a lot happier now and just wants to run around with the other children.

“She keeps telling everyone about her leg and she’s getting really excited about the future.

“Her brothers and sisters have been amazing, without them she wouldn’t have got through, Emma said.

Tilly has been nominated for the Pride of Britain Child of Courage award, which will be shown on on ITV at 8pm on November 1.

Photo credit: SWNS





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