A New South Wales community is rallying together as one of its residents faces losing his feet and hands following complications from a serious infection.
Aaron Dalley, 42 from Port Macquaire, was admitted to hospital almost two months ago with suspected pneumonia after displaying flu-like symptoms, his sister Nicole Weekes said.
His condition quickly deteriorated as it was revealed Mr Dalley had contracted Streptococcus A – an infection which began to attack all of his vital organs.
“We were told to 'prepare for the worst' and to say 'goodbye' at each visit because it may well have been our last,” Ms Weekes wrote on a crowdfunding page.
“Aaron then went on to battle the biggest battle of his 42 years,” she said.
“He was on life support and was in a medical induced coma for 11 long days. His life was spared three times in these 11 days.”
Mr Dalley also contracted another bacterial infection which impacted his heart.
Ms Weekes said doctors explained Mr Dalley had contracted a “super bug” and as a result, his hands and feet were severely impacted.
"Aaron's going to lose his feet, his left hand at the wrist, and three-quarters of his right hand," Ms Weekes told the Newcastle Herald.
“They’re going to try to rebuild his right hand to at least give him a pincher so that we can go to the toilet and feed himself.”
A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money for Mr Dalley’s ongoing treatment.