Baby Lil­liana on the mend in Thai­land after brush with death

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

GOLD Coast baby Lil­liana Sheri­dan al­most died two weeks ago while on hol­i­days in Thai­land and now she is danc­ing, smil­ing and mak­ing her par­ents happy again.

The eight-month-old con­tracted meningo­coc­cal as a re­sult of sep­tic poi­son­ing.

The dis­ease al­most killed her and there was a se­ri­ous threat her legs would have to be am­pu­tated.

It was a week of hell for par­ents Jai Sheri­dan, Elisha Robin­son and their fam­ily but doc­tors in two Thai hos­pi­tals turned their trip around.

“She’s a gem, smiles all day,” Mr Sheri­dan said. “She’s still on pain killers but that doesn’t stop her at all, she dances and al­ways wants to sit up.”

Last week Lil­liana (pic­tured with Jai) was flown in an emer­gency am­bu­lance aero­plane from Phuket to Bangkok for an op­er­a­tion to cut the rot­ten flesh from her legs.

“Doc­tors are fairly con­fi­dent the in­fec­tion is gone but like be­ing on any an­tibi­otics you have to fin­ish the course to make sure it has killed off ev­ery­thing,” Mr Sheri­dan said.

Mr Sheri­dan said he still didn’t know when Lil­liana would be healthy enough to re­turn to Aus­tralia but is just grate­ful she has im­proved.

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