The limbs of a little boy in Perth to be amputated in a desperate bid to save him from a killer virus.
Robbie Buchan was diagnosed with meningococcal in October 2014 after initially being told by a doctor that his fever was probably just a stomach bug or a common cold.
But days after the fever began, the five-month-old boy developed three red dots on his back and was rushed to hospital by his parents Desiree Scofield and Iain Buchan.
“The doctors said if I hadn’t gone into his bedroom in the next 30 minutes, we would have woken up to find him gone,” Desiree Scofield told The West Australian.
The toddler was rushed to the Princess Margaret Hospital as the spots rapidly multiplied and his body turned purple.
Robbie's parents were told their baby had developed septicaemia and that if he were to survive, he would need to have his arms amputated at the shoulders and his legs amputated from the hip.