LOVE AND SUPPORT: Amanda and Jan Watt.
LOVE AND SUPPORT: Amanda and Jan Watt. Renee Pilcher

Miracle mum's heading home

MIRACLE mum Amanda LePeilbet looked thin and frail but happy yesterday as she told an audience of almost 100 people the story of her four-month battle with Gullain-Barre syndrome.

Using her down-to-earth sense of humour, Amanda shared some of the more intimate details of what it's like to be completely paralysed and the challenges of staying in control of the delivery of her baby Cloe.

At times she was overwhelmed by emotion as she thanked the many people who had supported and nursed her through the ordeal, which began just before Christmas, and who were now trying hard to raise the money to enable her to return home to Gympie before Mother's Day.

Wheelchair-bound and still in rehabilitation at Caloundra hospital, Amanda will be discharged next week, although her rehab is expected to continue for at least another year. Nobody knows if she will ever fully recover.

"This is not a sad story," she said yesterday. "I am getting better. We have tried to make light of things wherever we could.

"All the love and support has just blown us away. In any other country in the world I would be dead or bankrupt.

"I will be home next week and I look forward to bumping into you in my wheelie walker around town."

Gympie Times


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