A SIX-year-old boy who almost died after catching a rare disease which covered 95% of his body in blisters is raising money for a children's charity.
Andrew Rogers condition was like "something from a horror film", after contracting the rare syndrome.
Blisters covered his body and he was screaming in agony at the worst point in his illness, for which there is no treatment.
He was on a life support machine for a fortnight before doctors in Warrington managed to stabilise his condition.
Now the six-year-old is helping to launch an appeal for the Wish Upon A Star charity which gave him surprises and gifts when he was ill.
His mother, accounts manager Jacqui Rogers, said experts were still at a loss about what had caused the illness.
She said: "Andrew went to bed on December 28 with a bit of a snuffle. But when he woke up the next morning his lips were bulging. His tongue was swollen and he could not open or shut his mouth properly."
Andrew's mother and his father, Colin, took him to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where doctors were puzzled by his illness.
The next day Andrew's situation deteriorated and his frightened parents saw the beginnings of blisters on his body.
Mrs Rogers said: "There were blisters round his mouth and his ears went purple. It came on so quick and he was so poorly.
"He was screaming the place down and they told us it was Stevens Johnson's Syndrome.
"There's no cure and they don't know what causes it. It just burns you from the inside.
"There was gunk coming out of his mouth and it was like something from a horror film."
Stevens Johnson's syndrome is thought to be caused by either a virus or a reaction to medication. It causes severe burns on the body, but is extremely rare.
Andrew had to undergo a 90-minute operation and although it went well his parents were told he was still unlikely to survive.
He was put on a life support machine and put on drugs which paralysed his body.
Afer a fortnight on a ventilator Andrew, from Carlton Way, Glazebrook, finally began to get better and he is now back at St Helen's Church of England school in Hollins Green.
While he was ill Andrew was given a Playstation and was later taken to meet Manchester United players by When You Wish Upon A Star which grants the wishes of ill children.
In November he will help the charity launch a fundraising appeal with the Warrington Wolves mascot Wolfie at their Halliwell Jones Stadium.
* The charity will be hosting a fundraising dinner at the stadium on Saturday, November 26. Tickets are available by calling 01925 645645.