Support flows for family who lost baby boy to rare virus
UPDATE: THE community has rallied behind the family of a baby boy who lost a brave five-month battle with a rare virus this week.
Lincoln Elwell was diagnosed with enterovirus myocarditis last December and died on Monday morning after he went into sudden cardiac arrest.
A friend of the Toowoomba parents Loz Weribone aimed to raise $10,000 to help the family pay for funeral expenses.
The gofundme page was launched late Tuesday afternoon and within 24 hours the target had not only been reached, but exceeded.
The target is now set at $15,000 and Ms Weribone said she was blown away by the support.
"The generosity of some people truly warms my heart," she said.
"Every cent counts. Lincoln's family would be so grateful for any donations made throughout this very sad time."
If you would like to donate and help the Elwell family visit the link at the bottom of the page.
EARLIER: A friend of the Toowoomba parents who lost their baby to a rare virus says they are "the bravest people I've ever met".
Lauren Weribone is aiming to raise $10,000 to help pay for the funeral of Lincoln Elwell, who died after a 135-day battle with enterovirus myocarditis.
A tradesman, Mr Elwell took time off work to be with his wife and young son through the ordeal, while his older siblings Benjamin, 5 and Jordan, 7 stay with their grandparents in Toowoomba.
"It's just a terrible time for them at the moment," Miss Weribone said.
"It's definitely horrible thing to happen to anyone but Mick does seem to be holding it together quite well.
"He sent us a personal message letting us know the tragic news and that he was just trying to wrap his head around everything.
"They've had to stay in a motel room to be in Brisbane with Lincoln and pay for fuel for trips back to Toowoomba.
"They've had to pay a lot of that out of their own pocket and cut into their savings quite a bit while Mick's not working."
TUESDAY: Baby Lincoln Elwell's desperate five-month struggle for life has ended.
He was just nine-days-old when he was diagnosed with enterovirus myocarditis, a group of viruses that includes parechovirus.
The Elwell family spent the last 135 days at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, while Lincoln fought for his life.
It was on Monday morning that their world came crashing down, when he went into sudden cardiac arrest.
In a post on Facebook Lincoln's mum Zoe Elwell said although the situation was life-threatening, his death still came as a shock because he had been well lately.
"At 4am on Monday he woke. A nurse came in to cuddle him so I could get some sleep. He looked absolutely fine, his numbers were absolutely fine," she said.
"At 5am Lincoln went into sudden cardiac arrest.
"The teams worked on him for an hour.
"Everybody tried their hardest to save him. There was nothing that could be done."
She said saying goodbye to her baby boy was the hardest thing she has ever had to do.
"A piece of us died with our baby. I felt so empty and numb; we feel broken and shattered," she said.
"We spent the day with Lincoln to say our final goodbyes.
"All the prayers, well wishes and positive thoughts allowed Lincoln to make it this far, to give us the pleasure of knowing him for five months."
Funeral arrangements are currently being made and a gofundme page has been started to help pay for the expenses.
If you would like to donate and help the Elwell family visit gofundme.com/pfzsntf8.