Baby Lilliana faces a long and painful rehabilitation.
Baby Lilliana faces a long and painful rehabilitation.

‘She's a miracle. We thought she was going to die’

THE Gold Coast baby who almost died of meningococcal disease in Thailand could be back home in 10 days if she continues to improve.

Thai doctors will this morning take off her dressing and inspect the raw flesh on Lilliana Sheridan's right leg hoping that blood is getting to the infected area.

If it is healthy and clean the eight-month-old could be on a plane home to Australia.

"She is a miracle baby considering we thought she was going to die," her father Jai Sheridan said.

"If blood is flowing to the whole wound it will be a matter of her finishing her antibiotics for the next 10 days and then assessing if she is stable enough to fly."

Mr Sheridan said once she returned home she would have to go through a long and painful rehabilitation, which would include skin grafts on to her legs.

Doctors from Samitivej Hospital Bangkok cut and scraped away at the rotten skin on Lilliana's legs for two hours on Tuesday night.

Doctors cut and scraped away at Lilliana's right leg.
Doctors cut and scraped away at Lilliana's right leg.

The eight-month-old's legs were full of rotten skin and flesh after she contracted meningococcal last Thursday while on a family holiday in Thailand.

Her arms and legs turned black and blue as the swelling damaged her nerves and blood couldn't get to the end of her limbs.

She needed urgent blood transfusions and was a serious risk of losing her legs.

Lilliana's mum Elisha Robinson made a heartfelt plea for people to donate O negative blood as there was none left in the hospital for Lilliana.

"My baby is dying in Bangkok Hospital Phuket Town," she wrote on Facebook last Friday.

"She needs O negative blood, please help me, someone please, I'm begging I can't lose my baby."

The post was shared more than 1200 times and within a day more than 1000 people donated blood to Thai Red Cross.

"Thank you every kind human that has helped us, even if it was just a kind word," Ms Robinson wrote.

"I've gone from running down the street with my lifeless baby to hopefully coming home with her in the next few weeks. Thank you isn't enough."

The family initially thought their insurance would not cover a medevac to Australia but were told on Tuesday afternoon the insurer Zoom would pay for all of it.

This came after Gold Coast company Medical Rescue offered to do the medevac at cost price.

And while there were still concerns Lilliana's legs might be amputated, she was flown from a Phuket hospital to Samitivej Hospital Bangkok.

"Since in Bangkok the medical staff have been incredible," Mr Sheridan said.

"They have been right on to everything.

"They even have a nurse dedicated to just sitting in front of a TV screen watching her signs."

To donate to Lilliana's rehabilitation click here.

Doctors cut and scraped away at Lilliana's right leg.
Doctors cut and scraped away at Lilliana's right leg.


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