CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Little Mikey Reece just went under his 15th surgery after a brutal attack from a babysitter.
Our Scott Taylor first met 5-year-old Mikey Reece over a year ago at MetroHealth Medical Center while he was recovering from a brutal attack from Crystal Anderson after his father left her in charge, babysitting while dad went to work.
Anderson is now locked up for eight years, and in 2015, Mikey was learning to walk all over again.
Mikey told Scott back then, "I am going to see Mickey Mouse."
Mikey is a year older but recovering again from his latest surgery. Mikey's mom, Angel, says her son has run out of fingers to count his surgeries. The grand total so far: 15.
"Very emotional to watch that a year ago yesterday, I let the world meet him," Angel Flores said, "To see a year later he is back in the same place, (that) really hurt me."
Angel is Mikey's 24-7 nurse. She's out of money and just lost their home. When the attack first happened, Angel didn't accept any donations -- she only asked for prayers.
"We found out at trial she left him laying there for almost 3 hours," Angel said. "For so long he was stiff before she got him up so she could figure out her story."
A tough kid. A fighter and some would say a miracle of love.
"It's what we fight for today," Angel said. "Our love. That special bond that nobody else can give us."
A GoFundMe account is now set up to help little Mikey.
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