Friends of Byron Bay woman Shelley Hill have launched a GoFundMe campaign after she contracted malaria on a volunteering trip in Cambodia.
Before leaving Australia to volunteer at a sanctuary for abused elephants, Shelley says she was advised against anti-malarial medications by her doctor owing to its being dry season.
But upon returning, Shelley began to feel unwell and following a series of tests was diagnosed with a severe strain of malaria. She rapidly deteriorated to the point of being admitted to intensive care, progressing to multi-organ failure, and eventually being put on life support and dialysis with no circulation to her extremities. Shelley’s GoFundMe has raised $40,000 of its $50,000 goal. All proceeds will go towards her treatment, with Shelley looking at several months of rehabilitation ahead.’
The GoFundMe site claims Shelley remained on life support for five days in an extremely unstable condition.
‘She has since made a small improvement and has been taken off life support and is breathing unsupported.
‘She remains on daily dialysis and faces a very long recovery.’
For more info visit www.gofundme.com/shelley-hill-recovery-fund.