A desperately sick baby who has become an amputee at just eight months old now has Charles Bronson - Britain’s most notorious prisoner - fighting for him.
Brave Taylor Lewis Marshall was given just two hours to live when meningococcal septicaemia attacked his organs, and his devastated family rushed through a baptism at his hospital bedside.
But the tot has defied the odds to survive, even though his lower left leg had to be cut off, and he also lost all his fingers, thumbs and toes on his right foot.
Bronson, a former Ellesmere Port resident, has heard about Taylor’s plight and begun a fundraising push to help him.
Now serving life in HMP Wakefield for robbery and kidnap, the 62-year-old has created another pencil-drawing which represents his life behind bars for the last 40 years.
His campaigners believe the artwork will raise hundreds and kickstart financial help for Taylor.
Taylor has undergone 18 separate trips to theatre and 26 blood transfusions during his first 12 months alive, and has remained at The Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham since April.
The little fighter, now one, had skin grafts from his back and bottom, while his spleen completely failed, meaning he will have to take antibiotics for the rest of his life.
Taylor can only leave hospital when a specially adapted home is available, and needs money for prosthetic limbs after his amputations.
He may also need artificial hands because of his lack of fingers.
Bronson’s drawing features fantasy animals, his face on a door with the slogan ‘Bronson is for life,’ and a speech bubble which says: “This is crazy, it’s gotta be a dream, wake me up when it’s all over.’
It is the latest in a series of artworks made by Bronson, once known as one of Britain’s most violent inmates, and now called Charles Salvador in tribute to the surrealist painter.
Gran Kate Lewsley-Lewis, from Long Eaton, Notts, said: ““It’s been so difficult for the whole family.
“But Taylor’s such a fighter. We can’t believe how he’s battled.
“My daughter is emotionally drained, it’s amazing how she’s coped.
“We have a fund for Taylor as he’ll need a lot of help in the future.
“It’s great to hear my grandson’s story has touched even Charles Bronson, and every little bit helps.
“Taylor’s prosthetics and other treatment will cost thousands.”
Bronson, born Michael Gordon Peterson, had his first brush with the law aged 13, while living in Ellesmere Port, when he was reprimanded in juvenile court for stealing.
At 22, he was jailed for his part in an armed robbery at a Post Office in Little Sutton. He stole £26.18 and was jailed for seven years.
Bronson has spent the last 40 years in prison for violent crimes. He spent time in Walton before being moved out for fighting with two inmates.
To contribute, Taylor has a Lloyds bank account, sort code 772226, account number 47868260, in name of Mr Taylor L Marshall.