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John and Kylie Atkin

$2,755 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 18 months
On New Year’s Day John Atkin took his 5 children to the beach for an afternoon swim when he was stung by a blue bottle. The sting quickly turned nasty and caused intense pain, his bottom half of his leg turned black and purple and started to blister. John was admitted to Coffs Harbour hospital that night and has had a tough battle ever since! Drs discovered that John has in fact contracted Vibrio Vulnificus infection which is a rare but life threatening infection caused by marine bacteria. The following day John had emergency surgery on his leg to save both his life and his leg. John spent 11 days in Coffs Harbour hospital where he was treated via IV antibiotics, which at first seemed to help, however the infection was actually spreading. Sunday 14th January John was rushed to Royal North Shore hospital in Sydney where he is still receiving specialist treatment. The infection has been so aggressive resulting in enormous amounts of dead tissues. John has under gone 5 operations thus far where they go in a place a machine inside his leg which drains the reamining dead tissue and stimulates and rejuvenates the nerves to attempts to bring the tissue back to life. The seriousness of this infection is life threatening and in majority of cases can result in amputation. Drs are confident that John will not loose his leg but he is still has a long way to go, with countless operations still to come, rehab, undetermined time still in hospital, skin graphs, medications, and many months off work. This whole event has been extremely emotionally and financially draining on the Atkin family, with 5 children and John being the main bread winner of the family. Kylie has travelled to Sydney last weekend to be by johns side, however the with financial burden and homely duties calling, needed to return home.
The outpouring of support for John, kylie and their family has been huge and the family thanks everyone for their support during this difficult time.
We would like to raise money for kylie to be able to travel back to Sydney to be with John, many times to come. Help pay for ongoing medical costs and help remove some of the financial burden this family currently is struggling with.

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Gofundme has asked me to add some additional info.... I am close friends of kylie and John, I will be transferring the funds directly to John and kylie’s account in fortnightly instalments as mentioned earlier in my previous update.
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Thanks everyone for your generous donations. The campaign has reached just over the half way mark of our $5000 desired target. John travels back to Sydney this coming Wednesday for the first of his ongoing fortnightly check ups. John has enjoyed his last few weeks at home with his family, however his health has been difficult to manage since being home, as he visits the local hospital every other day for redressing of his leg and his pain has been quite severe. The future for John is still abit uncertain at this stage. A sum of money will be transferred to John and kylie this week to help pay for the cost of traveling to Sydney for johns check up. And the remaining funds will then be divided and issued fortnightly for his first few check ups going forward. We hope to continue to raise funds as johns has lots of trips to and from sudney over the next 12 months.
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Soooo excited to share with You all the John has finally came home!! A huge milestone in his long road to recovery!
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An update on Johns progress- infection is gone, John has had another lengthy operation where they place skin graphs on the huge wound sites. the skin graphs are slowly taking hold, and Johs prognosis is looking very positive. John is still in lots of pain and is still in Sydney but fingers crossed he may be able to come home in the next week or two. Then the long road of lots rehab and strengthening his leg back up will commence.
John and kylie both thank everyone for their contributions thus far. The support has been overwhelming!!
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