Jamie Whyte home at last with his family
AFTER a close call with death last month, Gympie dad and Devils player Jamie Whyte has learnt to walk again and is home from hospital.
The 24-year-old father of two was admitted to Gympie hospital on October 1 with suspected pneumonia, but the reality was much worse.
Jamie had contracted pneumonia which worsened to a major lung infection which then led to blood poisoning.
"The doctors were saying if I hadn't been admitted when I was, I might not be here. Even once I was put into a coma, one of the doctors warned my mum I might not make it," Jamie said from his home in Gympie, which he shares with partner Patricia and their two daughters.
He was in an induced coma for 15 days and had to have three chest drains to remove the fluid from his lungs and at one point underwent dialysis.
After being admitted to Gympie, Jamie was rushed to Kawana, then Nambour, then the Prince Charles hospital in Brisbane. He was eventually transferred back to Nambour and then Gympie before being released from hospital last Friday.
During his second stint in Nambour, he underwent intense physiotherapy to learn how to walk again.
"People don't realise but when you are in a coma for more than 10 days, your muscles waste away. I could barely lift my hand, I was so weak," Jamie said.
The road to recovery is still not complete. Jamie needs physio several times a week and has to return to Nambour for further chest x-rays and check-ups.
Through it all, his family has been there to support Patricia, Phoebe and Charlotte.
Jamie's sister set up a GoFundMe page for the young family soon after the drama unfolded.
In addition to that, Patricia said she could always rely on Jamie's entire family, especially his mother.
"I had his family and his mum there when I needed her," she said.
Jamie is keen to get on with life and says his close call has given him a new lease on life.
"I'm off work for four months, but they're holding my job for me. I won't be able to play league for a while, so I will have a go at coaching," he said.
Jamie has his coaching ticket and says he'll see if he can get involved with coaching the 12-16 year olds in the junior rugby league.
He also said he was amazed at how much he had missed in the lives of his daughters.
Two-year-old Phoebe was only speaking one or two words and Charlotte was a month old when he was admitted to hospital.
"I couldn't believe it. Phoebe wasn't talking and I can't believe how big "Chubba" (Charlotte) is now," he said.
Patricia is just thrilled to have her husband home at last.
"It was very scary. It's a big relief he can be back with his girls," she said.