Hand in hand with Mercedes

Mercedes is a bright young 14 year old girl who had the flu one day and was in a coma the next. Desperate to stay together by her side in Brisbane, this family of six from Mackay needs immediate assistance. Can you help?

Background information:

I am the aunty of a beautiful 14 year old girl named Mercedes and sister to Troy, her father. I am appealing to the community to help support my brother’s family through a heartbreaking family crisis. They have the weight of the world on their shoulders right now and I would like your help to lessen that load with some financial assistance.

On the 30th of August, our precious Mercedes went to bed feeling a little unwell and by 3am the next morning she was being rushed off to emergency in an ambulance. Her parents, Troy and Becky, were absolutely unaware of the nightmare that was about to unfold.

Mercedes’ organs began shutting down faster than the doctors could help her, so she was put into an induced coma. As her health declined, her parents were told that Mercedes would have to be flown to Brisbane for treatment as she needed specialised care. Due to her fragile state, special equipment was needed to keep her alive. Her family had to then endure an agonizing wait while doctors and equipment from Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital were flown to Mackay.

Once Mercedes was stabilised, she was flown to Brisbane. But with only one parent permitted on the flight, her dad and siblings had to stay behind. They frantically put whatever supplies they could into the family car and drove 12-13 hours to Brisbane to be with Mercedes.

It has now been confirmed that Mercedes has influenza B, pneumonia, sepsis and an unidentified bacterial infection. Mercedes has been put on a kidney dialysis machine and may need further life-saving treatment such as, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. She remains in a critical condition and it is expected that she will be in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for an extended period of time.

Mercedes’ parents and three siblings are by her side around the clock, holding her hand. They are a devoted family who are extremely anxious about whether they can keep their family together in Brisbane during this crucial time. They only need a temporary helping hand to supplement their loss of casual income and pay for living expenses while Mercedes is in hospital. Any help would be very, very, very much appreciated.                                                                          


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