Topics:  amputation, doctors, health, meningococcal

Waiting is tough for Dow family

Zaac Dow.
Zaac Dow. Contributed

SOMETIMES there's nothing worse than being forced to wait.

This is the position 19-month-old Zaac Dow and mum Simone Johnson are currently in after doctors decided not to go through with Zaac's planned amputation yesterday.

The Gladstone toddler was scheduled to lose his right leg just below the knee after falling victim to meningococcal disease on the Easter weekend.

He is one of three Gladstone children who were recently confirmed to have the disease.

Ms Johnson said the news Zaac's amputation didn't go through was both good and bad.

"He went into theatre and the doctors had a bit of a look-around and realised there was blood starting to flow through some of the areas they previously thought were dead," she said. "So it's a wait-and-see situation.

"It's a good thing they haven't done it and are waiting to see if some (of his leg) can be saved, but he's also in a fair bit of pain."

Ms Johnson is also concerned about the toll the "to-ing and fro-ing" would have on her son.

"He's taken a step backwards since the surgery and has been readmitted to ICU and put on a respirator again," she said.

"I haven't been able to see him yet. They tell me he's out of it and very groggy.

"I don't know what to do or say any more. I'm just hanging in there, trying to manage."

Zaac is scheduled for surgery on Friday, when doctors will re-assess his condition.


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