ONE year ago, Sarah and Jason Smith were sitting at a hospital bedside watching their tiny toddler fight for his life.

Finn had developed a high fever on November 21, but it was the telling blue spots they noticed while driving from Pacific Paradise to Brisbane the next day that made them realise this was serious.

They stopped at Redcliffe Hospital, a move that undoubtedly saved Finn's life as he was diagnosed with meningococcal and rushed to the Royal Brisbane.

He would spend months there, recovering from the illness and the amputations he needed.

It's been a long journey for the family, but sustaining them has been an overwhelming generosity which shows no sign of dwindling.

Twin Waters Residents Association presented the family with a $1500 cheque on the anniversary of Finn's diagnosis.

"When I look back and think this time last year we were in hospital, I can't believe it has been a year," Sarah said.

Little Finn defied the odds and is a bubbly, healthy, lively youngster who seems to have no idea he is missing parts of his limbs.

But without the financial support of caring people, the Smiths would have had more to worry about than Finn's health.

Sarah had to quit her job in a pathology lab and Jason spent months away from work.

CHRISTMAS GIFT: Sarah and Finn Smith with the cheque for $1500 from Twin Waters Residents Association, and (left) in hospital.
CHRISTMAS GIFT: Sarah and Finn Smith with the cheque for $1500 from Twin Waters Residents Association, and (left) in hospital. Brett Wortman

The couple have never hesitated in returning the good will. Finn is one of the faces of the Royal Children's Hospital fundraising appeal.

The Smiths have been invited to spend Christmas at the Treasury Casino in Brisbane. "It is something we would never do so it's going to be wonderful," Sarah said.



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