Zac, Mum Tegan, Dad Nathan,  big sister Amy
Zac, Mum Tegan, Dad Nathan, big sister Amy Contributed

Family on hold while 'Zaccy boy' in hospital

TEGAN Pratt hopes and prays that her young son Zac never remembers the first few weeks of when he fell sick.

"Everything Zac went through was extremely traumatic for him,” Tegan said.

Zac Pratt or as he likes to introduce himself as 'Zaccy Boy' started visiting the doctors in early April with what they first thought was asthma.

He was then admitted to Biloela Hospital with pneumonia.

After an ultrasound showed Zac had an enlarged heart and liver he was transported to Rockhampton Hospital for 24 hours, flown to Brisbane Children's Hospital for five days in ICU and then to Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital, where the family will stay for up to 12 months.

Tegan describes Zac, six, as a sweet, loving and rather shy little fella who loves fishing "almost more than his Dad, farming, animals and spending time with his family and friends”.

She said a million thoughts were running through her mind when they first found out that Zac had cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease.

"Will he wake up? Are we going to be able to take our boy home? What caused this? Is there a cure? What on earth is cardiomyopathy? God please help Zac!” Tegan said.

"After arriving in Melbourne Zac underwent open heart surgery to have a Ventricular Assist Device fitted to his heart.”

Zac doing one of his favourite things, fishing
HELP: Zac doing one of his favourite things, fishing. Contributed

The Prospect Creek family have put their lives on hold and moved into a Ronald McDonald House to be with Zac.

"We are very fortunate to have a great support network of family, friends and the community,” Tegan said with her parents also spending time in Melbourne.

"We are all supporting each other and are right beside Zaccy 24/7.”

She said it has been a roller coaster of emotions since the start of this journey.

"We have learnt to appreciate and enjoy the good days to give us strength to cope with the... not so good days.”

The family has been told that Zac's recovery process will take many months, so Tegan and Nathan need to remain close to help in Zac's healing process.

A Gofundme page has been set up to help with the financial burden of the family.

She is unsure of how long they will be away from their farm or if Zac will require further treatment on his return.

"I'd love to say no, but for the moment we are in the unknown and waiting period, hopefully in a month or two we will have more information.”

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A high tea will be at Settlers Biloela on Saturday at 3pm, more information contact Lis Dales on 0481 210 150.