A little boy with complex medical needs is delighted to be reunited with his giraffe teddy – after it was lost in Bangor yesterday afternoon.

Phoenix, who spent the first nine months of his life in Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, lost the toy which has been by his side since birth.

In an emotional appeal on Facebook last night Phoenix’s mum Caz Dacre said: “Hopefully the power of Facebook will bring Phoenix’s little best friend back to him.

“My little boy has dropped his giraffe teddy, his “cwtch” on Bangor High Street today between 1 & 2 clock, he has had this since he was born and never left his side the whole time he was in hospital for 9 months last year. I’m absolutely gutted I could cry. He’s going be lost without it…. if anybody has seen this in the high street or picked it up can you please, please message me.”

Within minutes on the appeal being posted on The Bangor Aye Facebook page, Caz received the message she was hoping for, the teddy had been found and handed in at Debenhams in Bangor.

Caz then had the stress of waiting overnight because Debenhams was closed by the time she received the message, however, an early morning phone call confirmed the toy was safe and ready to reunited with Phoenix. Caz said: “Thank you so much to everyone who shared the post. I was trying so hard to track this down like a crazy person as my son has a lot of complex medical needs and this has always been at his side since birth.

“A very kind lady, Margret, who commented on The Bangor Aye Facebook post found it, picked it up and placed it on the makeup counter in Debenhams.

“It’s Phoenix’s 1st birthday tomorrow, he’ll be so pleased to have his giraffe back.”