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Queensland boy lucky to be alive

Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher with mum Michelle.
Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher with mum Michelle. Contributed

A LOCKYER Valley boy has lost his hearing, but is lucky to be alive, after suffering from a severe case of Influenza A, meningitis and a blood clot on the brain.

Seven-year-old Kynan Meara-Fletcher is finally heading home after spending close to three weeks in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

After initially contracting the flu, it led to other illnesses including the meningitis and blood clot.

Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher lost his hearing after suffering from a severe case of the flu.
Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher lost his hearing after suffering from a severe case of the flu. Contributed

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the Gatton school boy and his family, with the youngster losing his hearing 100 per cent in both ears and needing cochlear implants.

Kynan underwent surgery earlier this week to receive the implants, which was a success.

To lift his spirits, players Daniel Bowles, Thomas Kristensen and Shane Stefanutto from Kynan's favourite sporting team the Brisbane Roar, came to visit following his surgery.

Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher lost his hearing after suffering from a severe case of the flu.
Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher lost his hearing after suffering from a severe case of the flu. Contributed

Bianca Morrish set up the Go Fund Me page on behalf of Kynan's parents Michelle and Chris, which has now raised more than $6000.

"Kynan is the light of his family. His life is a blessing they celebrate daily," Ms Morrish said.

She described Kynan was a healthy boy who loved school, soccer and playing with his friends up until he was admitted to hospital on September 1.

Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher lost his hearing after suffering from a severe case of the flu.
Lockyer Valley boy Kynan Meara-Fletcher lost his hearing after suffering from a severe case of the flu. Contributed

The money raised will go toward Kynan's therapies, the cochlear implant, weekly specialist appointments, accommodation, medical bills, equipment, travel costs, loss of income and support and care of the family's other children.

"Kynan will need four months of treatment to hopefully dissolve the clot that has formed on his brain. He has had numerous tests, scans, operations and needles, with lots more to come," Ms Morrish said.

The family said Kynan seemed to still be in good spirits despite his ordeal, requesting a steak dinner his first night back at home. 

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