VIDEO: Finn Smith's parents thank Coast community
WHILE most people have spent the last month preparing for Christmas and holidays, the family of Finn Smith have been watching their son fight a life and death battle.
The Pacific Paradise 13-month-old was diagnosed with bacterial meningococcal on November 22.
Thankfully his mum, Sarah, noticed the tell-tale blue spots when the family stopped over in Redcliffe en-route to Brisbane,
Mrs Smith, who worked in a pathology lab, realised Finn was not suffering from a simple cold and rushed him to the emergency department at Redcliffe.
If they family had travelled to Brisbane instead, Finn would be dead.
Within an hour of being admitted, Finn's dad, Jason, was being told Finn might not survive.
The couple could only stand by and watch helplessly as the disease ravaged his body, turning his hands and feet blue as his body cut off circulation to the limbs and retained it for the vital organs.
A photo of Finn taken hours after his diagnosis shows him crying "blood tears".
Finn was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital where he was immediately placed on a strong dose of antibiotics.
Three days later and the spread of the disease was under control, but doctors had already warned the family Finn would be likely to lose his hands and feet.
There was also concern about potential brain damage.
But Finn woke up and stunned everyone with his rapid recover. He quickly became the "cheeky monkey" his family knew and loved.
While they have spent a month close to the hospital at Ronald McDonald house, the Sunshine Coast has taken Finn into its family.
A fundraising effort, All in for Finn, has raised more than $50,000 and is still continuing.
The thoughts, well-wishes and generosity of the Coast is what brings Finn's mum and dad to tears.
Celebrity chef Matt Golinski has also taken time out to raise funds for Finn in a heart-warming gesture that meant so much to Mr Smith.
"He is such a celebrity and this must be such a difficult time for him," Mr Smith said.
"I was completely amazed to hear he was doing this."
Mr Golinski lost his family in a Boxing Day fire two years ago.
Friday is "D-day" for Finn as he is booked in for surgery which will most likely amputate below the knee on his left leg and his right hand.
More surgery to look at amputating affected parts on his other limbs will be considered in the New Year.
Mr and Mrs Smith thanked the Sunshine Coast for their support in this moving video from the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The photos tell Finn's journey, from an extremely sick little boy back into that "cheeky monkey".