Painful road ahead for Aiden
THREE-YEAR-OLD Aiden Toy has to undergo months of surgery and skin grafts to fix his left foot under attack by a Daintree ulcer.
The ulcer is surrounding the outside of his ankle bone and the top of his little foot and doctors are waiting for antibiotics to kill the ulcer before they remove it in a couple of weeks.
Despite the severity of his injury, Aiden is in strong spirits, running around on the foot and playing games like any normal three-yearold.
“He’s been a real trooper, you go to the doctors and they can’t believe he is walking on it,” Aiden’s mum Tania said.
“He has been amazing all the time in the hospital but he’s becoming traumatised by the continual dressing of the foot because it’s quite painful and nasty to look at.”
Eight weeks ago Aiden’s parents Tania and Nick Toy noticed his foot was swollen and took him to the local doctors after a couple of days and were sent home with antibiotics.
“There was not bite site, no scratch, there was nothing so the GP said it could be anything and put us on a broad spectrum antibiotic,” Tania said.
“The week after we were down in Cairns Base Hospital because I was giving birth and the foot got a lot worse and he started limping so we went to see the GP in Cairns and they put us straight to emergency.”
Aiden was sent home after a week of antibiotics pumped hourly into him through drips but returned two weeks later when the antibiotics stopped working and his foot got worse again.
“They realised it was something more sinister but they couldn’t get anything from the blood or swabs so they put him under anaesthetic,” Tania said.
“They dug right in and got something back and sent that away to Victoria and it came back as the Daintree ulcer.
“We found that out last Thursday so he’s only been on the proper medication now for a week and it’s stopped spreading, the swelling is going down and for the first time it actually looks like an ulcer.”
The next step for the toddler is to have the ulcer removed, skin grafted and then it is going to be a couple years to recover.
“He will keep some of the foot, a lot of the foot and it’s going to need skin grafting and will be a few years for him to recover from it,” Tania said.
“We don’t know the damage to it really, to the functionality of the foot until they get in there because it should only be eating, in theory, tissue, skin and fat cells.
“They like to take the whole ulcer and a healthy bit around it as well just to be sure.”
After the surgery, the Toys will have to organise support for little Aiden who cannot handle the foot being redressed.
“My husband Nick does it every day, he has to take the dressing off and clean it and redress it but he goes nuts so we are probably going to have to get help for him,” Tania said.
“It’s something that’s going to have to be done every day potentially for years especially with the skin grafts.
“He is in great spirits, it’s really hard to see him in pain that’s the really hard part and just knowing we have only just started the journey - it has been going on for months and now we have got years ahead of us.”
Long road ahead: Aiden Toy with mum Tania