'We promised Bodie we would do good things in his memory'
He was just 10 months old when he died, but this baby boy has already saved the lives of two other poorly children.
Bodie Hodges choked at home and was rushed to hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care unit.
But he did not give up without a fight and, against doctors' expectations, he held on for 12 days – long enough for his liver and bowel to be donated to two girls, saving their lives.
One of his heart valves was given to another boy, drastically improving his life, and a second valve is still in storage, ready to help another baby.
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In his final days, Bodie's parents, Nick and Donna Hodges, whispered a promise to their little boy – they told him they would do good things in his name.
They have since set up a charity – The Bodie Hodges Foundation –to honour their son, help ease the pain of other parents who lose a child and promote organ donation.
"It was the worst day of our entire lives, but he was so strong and brave and he put up one hell of a fight," said Nick, 36, from Whetstone.
"It was a fight he was never going to win, but it is that strength, courage and determination that he showed which has been massively inspirational to us.
"On a day when our world turned upside down and we said goodbye to our little man for the last time, some families were getting a phone call that would change their lives forever and that was because of organ donation and our son, Bodie."
Bodie was 10 months old when he had the choking accident at home, on April 25.
He was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where doctors fought to save his life.
They managed to recover a pulse and Bodie was sent for a CT scan to see if his brain had been damaged due to lack of oxygen.
The scan was inconclusive and Bodie continued to fight for his life. A tiny cough and a flicker in one eye proved to his mum and dad he was not ready to give up.
Five days later he was sent for another CT scan, which confirmed Nick and Donna's worst fears – he would not survive.
They agreed Bodie's organs could be considered for donation but, because of the high levels of medicine in his body, they would have to wait seven days to see if that was possible.
Doctors and nurses warned the family that he might not survive the seven days.
But he did, and his liver was given to a critically-ill four-month-old girl on May 8.
About a month ago she was back home, living a near normal life.
His bowel also saved the life of a 21-month-old girl who had never eaten before in her life.
Within three weeks she was able to eat for the first time.
His heart valve went to a boy, whose life has been dramatically improved as a result.
"His organs shouldn't have lasted, but they did," said Nick, a PE teacher.
"There was no way we were going to let him suffer, so we said that we would not go ahead with it if he was going to go before they could do the organ donation test.
"People have said we were really selfless in our decision but it wasn't our decision, it was Bodie's.
"He was in control the whole time and could have given up whenever he wanted, but he didn't.
"He continued fighting when he had nothing to live for and that makes us the proudest parents there can ever be."
In the months following Bodie's death, friends offered Nick, Donna, 36, and their six-year-old daughter Lyla use of a holiday home in Spain, and then in Cornwall.
Of course it did not end their heartache or grief, but away from home they were able to begin gathering their thoughts.
"We could just spend quality time together as a family away from the madness," said Nick.
Through the Bodie Hodges Foundation, Nick and Donna want to raise £150,000 to buy a luxury holiday home in the East Midlands, which can provide a haven for families following the death of a child.
They have planned a children's Christmas disco in Whetstone next month, as well as an indoor music festival to get the fund-raising started.
They are in the process of organising a sports-themed dinner and auction next year, as well as a spring ball.
"The holiday home will give people a chance to just get away and begin the very, very first and tiny steps of rebuilding their lives," said Nick.
Get Involved: How you can keep up to date and help the foundation
To help the foundation, join its Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/BodieHodgesFoundation
You can also follow on Twitter at: @Bodie_Hodges
Information about how to get involved in events will be posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages nearer the time, and also featured in the Mercury.
For details about how to donate money to the cause, e-mail: