Health scare a setback
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.
Inglewood business owner Paul Zammit.