'Keep fighting': Almost $70k for Agnes Taipan victim
MESSAGES like "one day at a time" and "keep fighting" have filled the GoFundMe page for two-year-old Eli Campbell.
A groundswell of support is behind the family, with almost $70,000 raised, after Eli was bitten by a taipan on September 26.
At midday today the donations count was sitting at $68,495.
Two-year-old Eli, now in rehabilitation at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, is continuing his brave battle after he was bitten by a taipan three times on September 26.
The Agnes Water boy is relearning how to live, from sitting up straight to swallowing.
Parents Giles Campbell and Brittany Cervantes have been amazed each day by the strength of their little boy as they learn to live with his potential lifelong brain injury.
Messages of love, support and prayers have flooded the GoFundMe Page as donations continue to trickle in.
Some donations have come from as far as London, from Megan Smipkins who sent in $50.
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"I met your Uncle last night Eli in London he told me the story and my heart goes out to you all. Wishing you all the love you need to get through this ordeal," she wrote on the page.
Other messages, some from complete strangers, have wished for Eli's inner strength to shine through.
"Such an innocent childhood activity to collect the eggs. God heal you little Eli. Love to your family," Barb Zimmerlie said.
Jen Newman wrote, "You can do it lil fella. One day at a time".
The GoFundMe page was set up by family friend and Agnes Water resident Blake Hyland.
"I work in emergency services and hearing of the ordeal sent a shockwave through our small, tight-knit community," he wrote.
"It is a situation that could of easily happened to my family or any other young families that live in rural Australia."
He said the situation had caused Eli's family to drop everything to be by his side at the hospital which is almost 500km away.
Wishing you the strength to keep going every day: Andrew Moody
May love and prayers embrace you tightly dear Eli.... Love from Connie x x x: Connie Mallet
Keep fighting little man. You can do this!! xox: Michelle James
To Eli and your beautiful family. Children have an amazing inner strength, all they need is love and support. Eli has the hallmarks to triumph through adversity. And he shall: Emma Newton
Heartbroken for you, wish your little Eli all the best in his recovery. He obviously has two of the best parents around xxx: Ashley Passeri
To Eli and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you battle through this unexpected bump in life's road. Eli sounds like such a fighter, so we know he will continue to improve as you love and support him in the days ahead: Christopher Scarlett
Best of the best wishes to this little man and his long road to recovery. Wishing all his family lots of love and support: Toni Kellett