There is a family in Queensland with whom our thoughts are with today.
A mother facing her greatest fear – and a little boy who has gone through hell bravely headed back to fight again.
Our prayers are with this family – with Mum Sarah and Dad Jason.
And we hold our collective breaths waiting to hear of 21-month -old Finn Smith’s bravery when he wakes up from surgery.
Today is the day Finn starts the next part of his journey – eight months after contracting the deadly meningococcal virus.
Today Finn heads back to hospital for vital surgery and his mother and father go through, again, what most of us could not even imagine.
Last November life changed dramatically for the Sunshine Coast family.
Little Finn had been fighting what they thought was a viral infection and they had spent a sleepless night at home. An on-call doctor had made a home visit in the middle of the night and had diagnosed the little guy with a virus, mum Sarah instructed to get antibiotics in the morning.
The next day as they were driving towards Brisbane they noticed the devastating telltale signs of meningococcal – their 13-month-old baby had three red spots across his forehead.
They made a desperate drive to the hospital where the emergency department confirmed the worst. Within hours he was fighting a life and death battle.
The Daily Mail reports that Finn was “crying tears of blood, blood was coming out of his mouth and his body had puffed up.”
Sarah told The Daily Mail “you don’t know until the spots come out and once the rash comes out the damage is done – your little boy is fighting for his life.”
Sarah, Jason and Finn survived the darkest days – Finn was in a coma for two weeks– but the septicemia that accompanies meningococcal meant he had to have amputations. Multiple amputations.
It’s difficult to even begin to imagine how Sarah and Jason survived hearing that.
It’s a tribute to them that they did.