A month ago he got sick with Influenza A and was on antibiotics. On Saturday the 29th he was rushed to hospital for extremely high temps and was really unwell, unfortunately he was discharged on Sunday morning as they said there was nothing they could do, and to just ride it out. However he got worse, and early Monday morning he had a rash covering his whole stomach, chest and back, intense chest pain, and finding it hard to breathe. He was rushed to the Dr's who put him straight onto a drip and called an ambulance to send him back to hospital. They did some tests and kept him overnight where he then crashed and was rushed to ICU, and then put into an induced coma, on a breathing machine, they then found an abscess in his neck, a torn wind pipe, lungs 3/4 full of fluid and that he had contracted the Bacteria Strep A. Josh underwent an operation to remove the abscess and clear some infection. Josh was then airlifted to Brisbane hospital to undergo another operation to drain fluid from his lungs and flush out more bacteria. Unfortunatly he suffered toxic shock syndrome, where all his organs shut down. Josh also suffered a punctured lung during his surgery, his heart was extremly weakened and not functioning properly, and he also had a substancial amount of fluid around his brain. Josh has since been removed from the coma and is starting his recovery, learning to walk, read, write, eat and talk etc again. Josh has one more operation on Monday to correct damage done to his throat and vocal chords. Josh however has lasting effects on his heart and will be on heart medication for an unknown amount of time and this may effect his job and future.
We are just asking for some help to cover rent, bills and medication on Josh's road to recovery, as Josh was the sole provider for his family and in casual employment there is now no income coming in for his young family. This would help Josh and his family just focus on getting him better, without all the stress and worry about not being able to provide for his family.
- Kaylee Spicer
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