Parents hold candlelit vigil at Jacob’s bedside as Hartlepool prays for his recovery

Jacob Jenkins
Jacob Jenkins
  • Two-year-old Jacob Jenkins is fighting for his life after swallowing a grape at Pizza Hut
  • People across Hartlepool and further afield have lit candles as they pray for the little boy
  • His mum says the family have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the messages of support
  • Jacob is still critically ill and is in a coma
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The parents of little Jacob Jenkins have held a candlelit vigil at the bedside of their son as they continue to pray for his recovery.

The two-year-old is currently fighting for his life in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Hospital after choking on a grape in Hartlepool’s Pizza Hut on Friday.

Jacon Jenkins is fighting for his life after choking on a grape.

Jacon Jenkins is fighting for his life after choking on a grape.

He has been placed in an induced coma while machines help keep him alive.

Since the tragedy, his mam and dad Abigail Wilson and David Jenkins have been at his bedside willing their baby boy to pull through.

The heartbroken couple, from Fens, say they have been “overwhelmed” by messages of support and touched by the number of candles lit for their son.

Tonight, they joined the community of Hartlepool and beyond to hold their own candle-it vigil for Jacob.

Thank you all still for every word, every picture and every prayer. So, so proud to be from Hartlepool, you bunch of amazing people!

Mum, Abigail

WATCH: Candles lit across North East region for Hartlepool toddler Jacob Jenkins

His mum Abigail said: “Our family have brought in some battery operated candles, so we are able to join the community, and they will be placed in Jacob’s room and lit on a night.

“We also have the priest coming into see us twice a day to pray with us also.

“There are no updates on Jacob’s condition. He is still critically ill.”

Candle lit for Jacob by Laura Johnson

Candle lit for Jacob by Laura Johnson

Since news broke, hundreds of people have taken to social media to light a candle of hope for Jacob.

The toddler was rushed to hospital on Friday afternoon after choking on a grape in Pizza Hut, in Marina Way.

Paramedics called to the emergency found his heart had stopped. They removed the grape using surgical scissors.

They managed to restart his heart on route to the James Cook University Hospital before he was later transferred to Newcastle.

He remains in a critical but stable condition.

On Sunday night his mum described him as “strong, determined” and “stubborn” and she hoped he would use the qualities to pull through.

She added: “On Thursday, Jacob will be given the biggest test he will ever get and that’s to see if he can fight to wake up.

“Anything else that comes after we can deal with and spend a life time working on.

“We aren’t asking for miracles, we don’t expect perfection, we just want him to stay with us.

“Thank you all still for every word, every picture and every prayer. So, so proud to be from Hartlepool, you bunch of amazing people!”

The restaurant, which had remained closed over the weekend re-opened today.