Sept 2017 Toowoomba Chronicle

A Lockyer Valley boy has lost his hearing, but is lucky to be alive, after suffering from a severe case of Influenza A, that led to meningitis and a blood clot on the brain. Seven-year-old finally headed home after spending close to three weeks in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

Kynan Meara-FletcherKynan Meara-FletcherA Go Fund Me page was set up to support the Gatton school boy and his family, with the youngster losing his hearing 100 per cent in both ears and needing cochlear implants. To lift his spirits, players Daniel Bowles, Thomas Kristensen and Shane Stefanutto from Kynan's favourite sporting team the Brisbane Roar, came to visit following his surgery. Bianca Morrish set up the Go Fund Me page on behalf of Kynan's parents Michelle and Chris, which has now raised more than $6000. "Kynan is the light of his family. His life is a blessing they celebrate daily," Ms Morrish said. She said Kynan was a healthy boy who loved school, soccer and playing with his friends up until he was admitted to hospital. The money raised will go toward Kynan's therapies, the cochlear implant, weekly specialist appointments, accommodation, medical bills, equipment, travel costs, loss of income and support and care of the family's other children. "Kynan will need four months of treatment to hopefully dissolve the clot that has formed on his brain. He has had numerous tests, scans, operations and needles, with lots more to come," Ms Morrish said. The family said Kynan seemed to still be in good spirits despite his ordeal, requesting a steak dinner his first night back at home.

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