A young boy who has been struggling with an auto-immune disease for most of his life tragically passed away on Saturday.
Thomas Collins, just three years old when he died, was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) almost as soon as he was born. It means he has no ability to fight off diseases, making him at risk of infections which can turn life-threatening.
He spent 858 days in hospital — most of his life — and was kept in a “plastic bubble” to stop him from catching a disease. This caused him to be colloquially known as the ‘bubble boy’.
However, in a tragic twist of fate, Tom’s conditions worsened while in a Melbourne hospital, so he and his parents weren’t able to move back to Queensland, where the rest of their family live, because of coronavirus border restrictions.
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Tom’s parents Leah and Morgan Collins have been fighting for their son to be let into Brisbane, anticipating that he was nearing the end of his days.
Recently, medical professionals had put Tom in a coma because of an infection he’d developed in his brain.
Their extended family live in Brisbane and could have offered more support for both Tom and his parents.
On Wednesday night, the Collins parents asked for a special exemption for Queensland Health to let them all back into their home state.