What's next for Fraser Coast's brave fighter Coen Ashton
IT'S been a long road for Maryborough's Coen Ashton and it's not getting much easier.
The teen has spent the past few weeks in hospital and he has started dialysis after his kidneys started failing.
A double lung transplant recipient who needs to take immuno-suppressants to prevent rejection, Coen also has diabetes and suffered a strong dose of the flu when he went into hospital, which added to the strain on his kidneys.
Coen has been travelling between three Brisbane hospitals receiving treatment and his mum Dawn says they have had to make the difficult decision to return to Melbourne, where Coen underwent his life-saving surgery. in October 2012.
Dawn said at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Coen would be able to undergo all the treatments he needs at one location.
She said she was grateful to Brisbane's hospitals for all they had done in getting Coen this far.
Dawn said it was not certain that the rest of the family would follow or whether the move would be permanent.
She was hoping they would return to Queensland, but it depended upon what treatment Coen needed.
Dawn said until Coen's future was clearer she would be couch surfing in order to remain near him in Melbourne until she could determine if more permanent arrangements were needed.
She said she was amazed at how positive Coen's attitude remained in the face of all he had been through.
"I'm impressed with how he's handled it," Dawn said.
"He has taken it on board so well. I'm overwhelmed by how positive he is."
She said it was likely that she and Coen would be in Melbourne by the weekend.