On Tuesday 19 November London, an 11 year old girl from the Byron hinterland, was bitten by a snake. She was stabilised by a medical team at Lismore Base Hospital before being flown by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to the Queensland Children’s Hospital as her condition worsened and she was in need of specialist care.
Family and friends have put together a Go-Fund-Me page to help London, her parents and her four younger siblings.
According to the Go-Fund-Me (GFM) page due to the damage to her muscles from both the snake bite and anti-venom she is currently has breathing tubes. She will have a tracheotomy later in the week so the tubes can be removed and to help reduce pain. However, she will remain unable to breath on her own until her muscles, including those she needs to breathe, begin to re-build.
It is not expected that London will return home before Christmas and her parents and extended family are remaining by her bedside in Brisbane.
On the Go-Fund-Me page London’s mother has updated concerned friends and neighbours, telling them, ‘We know that London can feel the love from you all so keep it coming! She is fighting hard!’
London is yet to open her eyes but is now receiving physiotherapy and can respond with a head nod/shake, can squeeze a hand and cooperate with some physiotherapy movements.
Her mother says on the GFM page that ‘her numbers are all trending back towards normal so the toxins are almost gone and we can work on repair.’
The Go-Fund-Me page will assist with the costs of London’s immediate hospital treatment and her longer-term recovery, including medical costs, accommodation costs in Brisbane whilst London remains hospitalised there, lost income for her parents not being at work and costs associated with the ongoing care and well-being of London’s other young siblings.