Stricken child facing six months of surgery

By Abigail Hartevelt of The Daily Post -
Young Elliott Crimp is lucky to be alive after a near-fatal brush with the deadly meningococcal C. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times
Young Elliott Crimp is lucky to be alive after a near-fatal brush with the deadly meningococcal C. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times

A three-year-old boy who was diagnosed with meningococcal C has been transferred from Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital to Middlemore for plastic surgery.

Elliott Crimp of Rotorua has had all the toes on his left foot and half of the right foot, including all the toes, amputated and is still undergoing surgery each week.

He is expected to be in Middlemore Hospital for another three to six months.

Elliott was taken to Rotorua Hospital with symptoms of the disease in September.

Last month, he was transferred to Middlemore Hospital for surgery and this week had reconstructive work done to his knees.

He is also expected to lose parts of some fingers.

His mother, Kushla Crimp, said she had still to tell her son what had happened to his feet but was waiting until the bandages came off.

People can donate to the Elliott Duncan Crimp Fund at BNZ. The bank account number is 02-0412-0109440-66.

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