News

Small steps a giant leap for Eli on long road to recovery

HOPE FOR FAMILY: Eli Hyland has started his first week of rehabilitation after he was bitten by a coastal taipan almost four weeks ago.
HOPE FOR FAMILY: Eli Hyland has started his first week of rehabilitation after he was bitten by a coastal taipan almost four weeks ago. Contributed

LITTLE Eli Campbell has started his first week of rehabilitation after he was bitten by a coastal taipan almost four weeks ago.

An update posted yesterday on a GoFundMe page set up to support the family said the main focus for Eli in the coming week was for him to gain strength and control his head, neck and trunk muscles.

His parents, Brittany Cervantes and Giles Campbell, said it remained a very stressful time but they had hope.

"Giles and I are constantly battling memories of the past of our energetic, playful, hilarious, sensitive but strong little boy," Brittany wrote.

"They creep up on us at times during his sessions when we see our boy limp in someone's arms as they carry him from bed to his stroller and while songs are being sung that he would normally sing along to."

The long road to recovery involved the two-year-old sitting upright, supported, for at least 30 minutes twice a day before he moved on to using a stroller to support him walking.

"While in his chair, Eli likes to explore with his hands," it read.

"His movements have increased over the last few days from only touching things to full on squeezing, rolling a ball up his chest, and even strummed the music therapist's guitar."

 

SNAKE BITE: The main priority for the doctors of two-year-old Eli is his eyesight.
SNAKE BITE: The main priority for the doctors of two-year-old Eli is his eyesight. Contributed

After seeing the Agnes Water toddler could tolerate spending some time in this new position he was given a stroller with supports.

At the weekend, Eli was able to sit out of bed for up to three hours and was able to feel the sun on his skin for the first time since he was bitten.

Brittany said it was the first time they had seen her son's pupils constrict since he was bitten.

"It was beautiful to see his eyes again," she wrote.

Yesterday's update said Eli's eyes were the main concern, as his brain injury means he is not able to see.

"He responds to bright lights, turns his head away and squints. But if you hold up his favourite toy or try to get him to track you, there is often little to no response."

The GoFundMe page has so far raised more than $62,000 with a revised goal of $100,000.

Donate here.

Topics:  agnes water coastal taipan eli campbell snake bite



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Farmer holding on to hope with time and water running out

NO RAIN: Moore Park Cane grower Nick Glass is struggling to grow a decent crop in the hot dry weather.

Only a matter of days before the water is cut off

Sick of coming across roadworks?

TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS: Roadworks on Elliot Heads Road caused some delays during the morning school and work run.

Have you been caught in roadworks lately?

Council on board with new kayak adventure at Woodgate

PADDLE POWER: Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said he thought the business would resonate with beachgoers.

New kayak hire venture to start up

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

DIRECTOR Danny Boyle puts on a masterclass in how to use a 20-year gap between movies to your advantage.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!