Candles of hope for a little boy fighting for his life in hospital are being lit by residents across Hartlepool.
Images of flickering candles have flooded social networking site Facebook for a toddler who was rushed to hospital from the town’s Pizza Hut after it is believed he choked on some food.
Residents have taken the plight of two-year-old Jacob Jenkins to their hearts posting well wishes for a speedy recovery to him and his family.
The youngster, from Hartlepool, is currently being cared for at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Yesterday, a post by his mum on the social networking site revealed he was in a coma and fighting for his life.
It said: “Me and David want to thank everyone for your kind messages and prayers of support for Jacob.
“And also keep everyone updated on Jacob as it’s hard to reply to all your lovely supportive messages.
“Jacob is on life support now in a coma. He has his own heartbeat back and I hope he continues to give this strong fight he is giving and I hope I can give you all the best news possible.” As yet there have been no further posts by the family.
The toddler was taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Friday after 5.40pm from the Pizza Hut restaurant at The Lanyard on Marina Way.
An air ambulance called to the restaurant, which remained closed yesterday, was not needed.
Meanwhile, people are being asked to light a candle of hope for the youngster in a show of support to him and his family.
Yesterday, people took to the Hartlepool Mail’s facebook site to wish the toddler well.
Gwen Tarran said: “Keep fighting little fella xx”
Sarah Richardson wrote: “Every parents worst nightmare, keep fighting little man,thoughts to the family x”
Julie Samantha Brown said: “Poor baby keep fighting little man thoughts to the family xxx”
Michelle Ralton-pinder posted: “My heart and thoughts go to all your family, keep fighting little fella, xx”
Dawn Barclay said: “Wishing him well hope he has a speedy recovery x”
Janet Alderton wrote: “Praying for him and his family , it must have been horrific for everyone involved.”
Michelle Cross posted: “Keep fighting sweetheart xxx”
Barry Stevens said: “Wishing for a speedy recovery to the little fella. Parents worst nightmare, thoughts go to family and friends of him. I am sure he will make a full recovery.”
Mel Mcgarry wrote: “Awwwr hope he’s okay poor lil baba xx”
Amy McEvoy said: “Poor little man he must’ve been so scared wishing him well on his recovery Xx”
Dale Levs Watterson posted: “Hope the little man pulls through stay fighting x”