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Help Neal Recover

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Neal Furze, husband of Kristine Rawlinson and father of Sam (11) and Eloise (8) was cooking at the  BBQ on a family holiday on Grand Final Eve in Echuca when he suddenly took ill. He returned to Riddells Creek but didn't seek medical attention til the next day after his condition worsened.

Neal was raced by ambulance to  the Royal Melbourne Hospital with suspected meningococcal disease. His condition was critical and he was placed into an induced coma from which he has only just woken after 17 days.

While meningococcal was ruled out, Septicemia and sepsis were confirmed - ie Blood Poisoning (cause unknown). Blood flow was restricted to his organs thus not allowing any flow to his extremities. 

Neal is still in ICU in and is facing drastic procedures including amputations.
He will continue to be in ICU for weeks then will endure a lengthy period of Rehabilitation, and he is susceptible to infections.
Neal and his family will be without a secure income for months and possibly years. They will likely have extra expenses for items such as prostheses and medical equipment.

Kristine will be the Primary Carer of Neal and their two children and her capacity to work for an income during the recovery process will be limited.

If you can help by donating a sum of money to the Neal Furze Recovery Fund that will be so appreciated by the family.
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Some days are crappy, but some are like this!
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It has been a massive year for the Furze/Rawlinson family.
Since Neal was diagnosed with sepsis just after the Grand Final weekend 2017, Neal had both legs amputated at the knee and all his fingers removed. This was an incredibly traumatizing event for Neal and his family, friends and workmates.
Neal has made remarkable progress since then and is currently working very hard at getting used to walking on two prosthetic legs. He hopes to be able to walk on these prosthetic legs without assistance by Christmas this year.
However, the event of Neal's sepsis has had a massive impact on the family.
Before the sepsis, both Neal and Kristine were working parents with a mortgage and lots of financial commitments raising their two children, Sam and Eloise who this year turned 9 and 12.
Now they are both Pensioners and Kristine is Neal's full-time carer.
Without the generous support of those who have donated to this GoFundMe initiative, Neal and Kris would not have been able to trade their car for one that enables Neal to sit as a normal family member and able fit his wheel-chair.
The support that Donors have provided, both financial and emotional, is immeasurable.
In today's Herald Sun 10/9/2018, page 15 there is a photo and article about Neal and his family - see extract below.
It is a miracle that Neal lived and is home with his family. They are so grateful for the support that has been provided through GoFundMe, their community, family and friends.
However, the need to keep this GoFundMe project active and open to further donations is very important. The massive hit to their finances and lives means the family has no reserves to draw on.
You can support Neal, Kristine and their family by making a financial donation through this page or in-kind through direct contact with them.
Thank you so much on their behalf,
Anne Jungwirth - Family Friend and former colleague of Kristine Rawlinson
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It's Father's Day, and almost around one month to the anniversary of Neal's illness, so I thought it a great time to provide you an update of our progress (P.S. It's Kris here).

It's a bittersweet time here as we are so grateful that the kids have a dad to celebrate Father's Day with. On the other hand, it's a time that reminds us of all that we have been through over the past 11 months.

It's very frustrating for Neal (and for me if I can be completely honest) that he can't be as actively involved around the house and with parenting as he was before.

He's still in a lot of pain (phantom pain keeps him awake at night) and on some pretty strong medication, so he is often asleep on the couch.

He gets frustrated when he drops things, and when he simply watches people doing the things he used to do around the house (especially watching me in control of the fire!).

He was the active one in the family; the one who took the kids swimming each weekend, the one who kicked a footy in the yard and the one who chopped wood. Whilst he's so grateful that he's here and that he's been so well looked after, he's also grieving all that he's lost. Having to leave work so suddenly was also a huge loss to him.

On a more positive note, Neal has come so far! His new wheelchair was delivered on Thursday (thanks NDIS!) and it's a whiz-banger!!!! He's getting into the habit of putting his prosthetic legs on each day and having a go at walking, using the walking frame. We even walked around Bunnings the other day - that's an achievement worth celebrating!!

Our local community continues to be the most amazing source of support and we are looking forward to helping promote World Sepsis Day on 13 September. I hope that all of you now know more about sepsis. I've attached a little poster as a reminder.

I've also attached a picture of Neal's main motivation for recovery.....our beautiful kids.

Happy Father's Day!
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A great start to our travels at a family wedding up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
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