Surgery postponed for meningococcal baby Finn
6.45PM UPDATE: BABY Finn's parents face another agonising night of waiting after his surgery was postponed until Wednesday morning.
The Pacific Paradise toddler who had meningococcal was scheduled for surgery to remove the ends of his fingertips on his right hand which had been severely affected by the disease early on Tuesday.
Finn's mum, Sarah Smith said doctors decided to postpone his surgery from first thing in the morning till last in the afternoon Tuesday as "he has flu and they wanted to prevent the risk of infection to other patients".
They were advised late Tuesday afternoon the surgery would now take place on Wednesday.
It was incorrectly suggested on the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook Finn's fingertips had already been removed, based on the earlier story.
Meningococcal baby Finn gives first smile
DOCTORS have worked tirelessly to save baby Finn Smith's life.
The 13-month-old Pacific Paradise toddler, who was diagnosed with bacterial meningococcal on November 22, will have the fingertips amputated on his right hand this morning.
There is also a strong chance little Finn will lose some of his toes and all of his fingers on the right hand and fingers on his left hand.
His mum Sarah said it was hoped the rest of his hands and feet could be saved.
Fears have been held that Finn would lose these also.
Mrs Smith was told late yesterday afternoon the surgery would take place today to prevent further infection by removing the dead fingertips.
Despite the grim prognosis, Mrs Smith and her husband Jason are embracing the huge progress Finn has made in a short time.
The toddler was moved out of intensive care to high care and then on Sunday night into the general ward.
He also has given his "first proper smile".
But it is tough going for the little guy, who is struggling to understand why he is not allowed to run around.
His hands and feet are bandaged and in splints to prevent him from injuring himself and he is on constant medication for pain.
"He is very grisly as he is confused," Mrs Smith said.
"He wants to get around."
The Smiths have never asked for a cent since their ordeal began and have always been completely focused on being with their son.
Fundraising efforts were started by a close family friend, highlighted in the Daily and then heavily broadcast through Hot 91 FM's All in for Finn campaign.
Nearly $40,000 has been raised so far.
Mrs Smith said the couple had been "overwhelmed by the Coast's generosity" and all funds raised would be used for Finn's long road ahead. Mr Smith, an electrician, has not been able to return to work while he and his wife stay close to Finn's bedside at the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital.
"No words can say how it feels to know the amount of hearts our little man has touched," Mrs Smith said through tears.
"We are so proud of him and how far he has come.
"We can't wait for the day we are able to bring him home so he can see all the people who have given us strength along this journey."
Donations for Finn's family can be deposited at Suncorp BSB 484799, account no 507005873, in the name of Jason and Sarah Smith.