Health scare a set­back

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S. CAHILL

A FISH Called In­gle­wood shop owner Paul Zam­mit was able to flip the closed sign to open for the first time in four weeks on Au­gust 14 af­ter be­ing struck down by a life-threat­en­ing mys­tery ill­ness.

The mar­ried fa­ther of six boys was forced to close his fam­ily busi­ness af­ter suf­fer­ing what was ini­tially thought to be a heart at­tack.

Mr Zam­mit (44) said he woke up one morn­ing about five weeks ago feel­ing un­well be­fore ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chest pains.

He said while be­ing driven by his wife Jaycinta from his doc­tor to a spe­cial­ist his thigh started to swell and blis­ter in front of his eyes.

“They thought that it was a king brown snake bite but there were no punc­ture marks. I had se­vere pain in my head, it felt like my eyes were pop­ping out of my skull and I couldn’t tol­er­ate light, so they thought I had menin­gi­tis,” Mr Zam­mit said.

He ini­tially spent seven days in hos­pi­tal where they spoke of plas­tic surgery or am­pu­ta­tion if the leg swelling did not sub­side.

How­ever, the for­mer Mos­mans head chef’s health has im­proved enough for him to re­open the doors of the In­gle­wood shop that he opened nine months ago.

Mr Zam­mit said he lost be­tween $70,000 and $100,000 dur­ing the clo­sure but recorded his sec­ond busiest day – be­hind Good Fri­day – when they re­opened.

“The sup­port our cus­tomers has given us is amaz­ing,” he said.

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In­gle­wood busi­ness owner Paul Zam­mit.

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