Family Shares Small Win After Toddler Bitten By Deadly Snake
The parents of a toddler bitten by a deadly coastal taipan say they are trying to focus on the small wins after their son nearly lost his life.
Two-year old Eli, from Agnes Waters, was bitten three times while collecting eggs from the family’s chicken pen last month.
He suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be revived by paramedics before being airlifted to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
His family had been warned by doctors that the young boy had significant brain damage following a lack of oxygen from the cardiac arrest.
In an update on the family’s GoFundMe page, Brittany and Giles Campbell said while it was tough, they were focusing on the little things.
“He managed to support his own head for a short period of time and they suggested that they sensed some core strength which is encouraging,” they wrote.
“It is difficult to see your once strong and able bodied toddler limp in someones arms but we celebrate every small positive change.
“We think we observed him smile today which would be amazing but again we have to be cautious not to get away with ourselves.”
They revealed Eli had left paediatric care on Tuesday and had been moved into the rehabilitation wing.
Doctors are concerned that the toddler’s vision with his pupils not reacting strongly to light. An MRI has shown a lot of damage around the occipital cortex.
His father previously told of the “pain and emotional turmoil” the family has gone through.
“I have wanted to run away from everything, end my life, shout, scream and give up,” Giles said.
“Every day I try to remind myself this is not about me this is about my little man whom I love more than anything I have ever loved.
“This kid has taught me so much in the short period we have been blessed to have him; patience, respect, love and devotion to name a few and now he is teaching us so much more.”
More than $56,000 have been raised to support the family who say they will likely have to move to Brisbane – at least for the short term. They hope to raise $100,000 to support Eli’s recovery.
“We are under no illusions anymore, we know this boy of ours will need some care for the rest of his life, how much will be up to him and the best rehabilitation we can find no matter where we have to go, and yes we still hope for miracles,” Giles wrote on their GoFundMe page.
“The help we have received from the community and the donations made will help my little boy so much.”
The coastal taipan is the third most venomous snake in Australia and one of the deadliest in the world.