Amy and Hayley Shiels in happier times, before Amy, 37, was transported to the Prince Charles Hospital ICU.
Amy and Hayley Shiels in happier times, before Amy, 37, was transported to the Prince Charles Hospital ICU.

'Common cold' turns into fight for life for single mum

A SINGLE mum remains in a coma in a Brisbane intensive care unit, just six days after being admitted to hospital with a common cold.

Buderim's Amy Shiels has rapidly "spiralled downhill", with her critical condition.

Doctors have diagnosed the 37-year-old with sepsis secondary to streptococcus pneumonia. She has multi-organ failure, is hooked up to a lung-support system and has to undergo kidney dialysis.

Her sister Kirsty has been at her bedside since she took her to Nambour General Hospital with the "flu-like" symptoms.

Kirsty says even if she pulls through, her lower limbs are at risk.

"They (doctors) do remain hopeful, and say to take each day as it comes," Kirsty said.

"We aren't giving up on her, and she hasn't got any worse. Sometimes you can go backwards.

"But because of a lack of oxygen and circulation, the doctors are concerned about her lower limbs.

"It's quite distressing to see."

The tight-knit Shiels family have rallied around their sick sister and mum, who Kirsty describes as a "lover of life".

The community has already pitched in, donating more than $2000 in four days via a GoFundMe Page.

"Amy is a very family-orientated person, and she's the kind to always put others first," Kirsty said.

"She doesn't want much, just for others to be happy. Her and her daughter Hayley are so close, like a little team of two.

"Our parents are deceased, so it's just us and our brother Craig. We have to be strong together.

"But I know she would be completely blown away by all the support, it's been immense."

Kirsty said any funds raised would go directly to keep a roof over her 16-year-old niece Hayley's head and Amy's future recovery.



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