Mozzie bite leaves beloved father in fight of his life
DEZ Ginns spent his 60th birthday using a ventilator to breathe, his usual charm and health diminished, stuck in the biggest fight of his life.
The beloved father and Mooloolaba hairdresser remains in a coma at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, weeks after contracting an "extremely" rare virus from a mosquito bite in Bali.
The "larger than life" man, and father of 2014 Big Brother winner Ryan, suffered the traumatic event which has caused life-threatening swelling on his brain, meningitis and other complications including pneumonia.
His wife Judy, Ryan and daughters, Hayley, Tegan and Abbey have been ever presence at his bedside, keeping a vigil.
Officially diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis, compounded by Judy also unable to work, the family are faced with considerable financial pressures.
Jen Nichols, who has known the family for decades, said other than a "moment of clarity" where Mr Ginns kissed his wife, there had been little progress.
She said it traumatic events couldn't have happened to a nicer, more loving, caring family.
"Every day is such a scary rollercoaster," Ms Nichols said.
"Dez is such an incredibly kind, generous, family man.
"He doesn't deserve this … turning 60 in a coma, we were meant to be having a big party, instead he's critical."
Sami Muirhead said Dez did the hair at her wedding and drove her to the ceremony that.
She said he is one of her closest friends who always goes out of his way to help people.
"I saw Dessy just one week before he went to hospital and some of his last words to me were how he was worried about Judy's health and just wanted to look after her," she said.
"Family has always been the main priority to Dessy. He is funny and wildly inappropriate and yet has the kindest heart of anyone I know.
"I just love him and he has always been a role model to me as a parent figure and how he loves Judy so much. They are a true love story."
In a matter of days, an outpouring of community support through more than $26,000 from more than 100 people has been raised for the Ginns family.
Mrs Ginns was reluctant to accept the crowd funding campaign, but knowing her husband would "do anything for his family" she went ahead with it.
"I know one of his first concerns when he wakes up will be our business and the financial stress that will be a burden on our life," Mrs Ginns wrote.
"Dez is our sole source of income and our business does not run without him. He loves what he does and is so proud, as I am, that he has been in business for more than 40 years on the Coast.
"He treasures his clients and their friendships many that have been with him since his very early days of hairdressing.
"I just want to say a huge thank you again to each and every person who is willing Dez on to get through this."
Donations can be made to the Ginns family by searching for Dez needs our help! through its GoFundMe Page.
it is expected he will face a long and arduous road to recovery, with many months of around-the-clock care and rehabilitation.