He continued to have fits, Diarrhoea and he put on 1kg through fluid retention. He needed a blood transfusion to combat Anaemia. After an awful week, Luke finally started to show signs of improvement and it looked like he might be coming home. But this was short-lived. After another fit and CT scan, a dark area was found on one side of his brain.
We were immediately sent to the High Dependency Unit at Kings College hospital in an ambulance. They told us the infection had caused a collection of pus on his brain. They chillingly told us unless they operated, Luke would probably die. The following day, Tuesday February 10th 2009, was the worst day of our lives. Luke endured a 5-hour Bilateral Craniotomy where his little head was cut open from one ear to the other and the pus was cleaned from the surface of his brain. Residual pus was to be cleared up through a new antibiotic (Ceftriaxone) He was transferred to intensive care in a great deal of pain and was given another blood transfusion and morphine.
After 2 nights he was moved back to HDU and saw various Occupational and Physiotherapists. We were categorically told Luke would not get through this without lasting after effects.