Warning: This post deals with child abuse and may be distressing for some readers.
Three-year-old Tony Smith is now living in a stable home, safe and loved by his adoptive parents Mark and Paula Hudgell and his siblings.
But before he was taken from his abusive parents as a baby, they managed to leave him with a permanent, life-altering reminder of the horrific pain they inflicted on him.
When Tony was just a month old his birth parents, Tony Smith and Jodie Simpson, swung him by his ankles, resulting in two legs broken in eight places.
The pair had left him in agony for 10 days before seeking medical treatment. When he eventually made it to hospital, he was “seconds away” from death due to sepsis, his adoptive mother later said.
In hospital, the pair claimed his injuries were caused by a "terrible accident".
But authorities were suspicious enough of their claims to place him with foster parents.
This week on UK breakfast program This Morning Paula described seeing her now-son for the first time.
"I was given very little background other than his limbs were broken, which I thought... 'bones mend'," she told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
"Seeing him initially with two plaster casts on his legs, I thought they would just mend. His big brown eyes, he was tiny, so tiny."