Boy released from hospital

THE seven-year-old boy who was airlifted from his home in Maryvale after being stranded in the midst of the January flood was released from hospital yesterday.

The boy required urgent hospitalisation due to complications resulting from a kidney transplant.

Floods preventing his father from getting him to road access for an ambulance, with their secluded Maryvale property totally isolated after nearly 1000mm of rain on the Main Range.

The weather also prevented the RACQ CareFlight helicopter from safely flying into the area at the height of the flood. The chopper reached them mid last week and the boy was flown to the Mater Hospital where he was admitted to the Paediatric Renal Unit.

The Daily News spoke to the father of the boy yesterday.

"We had a traumatic time but we are very thankful to everyone who helped us," he said.

"My son is doing well and after some check-ups on Monday afternoon he should be home."

See the Daily News next week for the full story on the family's experience and the boy's recovery.



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