Huge support for little Sebby on social media
LITTLE Sebby McLachlan's fight for life has hit a social media chord with almost 800 likes clicked up on a Facebook page set up to support him.
Family friends Kate Carlton and Nicole Pearce decided to set up the page, Support for Sebby Mclachlan where people can send in messages of support and find details of a bank account to accept donations to help the family.
Sebby (Sebastian) McLachlan, 5, the son of Luke and Tyne McLachlan, was critically injured when he fell from the second storey of the family home in Blanch Parade, South Grafton, about 8.15pm on Thursday.
He was taken to Grafton Base Hospital, then airlifted to Brisbane Children's Hospital with severe head injuries.
Late yesterday Ms Carlton said the boy was in an induced coma but there were signs his condition was beginning to improve.
"Tyne said they were taking the cooling machine off him today," she said.
"CT scans seem to show the pressure around his brain is lowering and they're waiting for the results of MRI scans taken today."
Ms Carlton said the plan was to wake him from the coma sometime in the next few days.
It is an emotional time for Ms Carlton who has been a friend of Sebby's mother since kindergarten.
"We were about the same age as Sebastian is now when we became friends," she said.
"I was with them (at Grafton Base Hospital) when Tyne had Sebby, so I've known him all his life. He's such a great little fellow."
She was devastated when she received a phone call on Friday from Tyne's mother, Margaret Sheather that Sebby had been badly injured.
"You felt so helpless, there was nothing you could do," Ms Carlton said.
Once that wore off the two friends, with the help of the Sheather family decided to use social media to gather support for the stricken families.
The Facebook response has amazed Ms Carlton and the McLachlan and Sheather families.
"It's almost up to 800 likes, it's unbelievable, everyone has been so supportive," Ms Carlton said.
"There's going to be ongoing cost for the family as Sebastian recovers.
"They're staying at Ronald McDonald House now, but there's going to be accommodation and other costs coming up.
"We haven't set any targets or quotas. I put in $50 to start it off, but people can contribute whatever they like."
She said the families had also been discussing other fund raising activities.
As the parents of Sebastian McLachlan we would like to thank all the people who responded so wonderfully to our son's accident.
Thank you to the ambulance officers who responded so quickly, the staff at Grafton Base Hospital for their treatment and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter for flying Sebby to Brisbane.
Thank you to all our friends and family for all your messages of support.
Tyne and Luke McLachlan.