Australians Josh Roberts and Katelyn Galea were thrilled to become parents. Their son Archie was the star of the family so when he got sick at five months old, they were worried. But they didn’t want to overreact with panic. That turned out to be a big mistake.

Even their doctor thought at first that it was just an ear infection.
Then, however, Archie’s lips started changing from a healthy pink to a distressing grey. Katelyn and Josh rushed him to the hospital this time, fretting over every minute of the 40 it took to get there. They were even wondering if they were going to arrive too late.

Luckily, they made it. And indeed, there was cause to worry. Archie also had a rash all over his chest and after testing it became clear that he had a life-threatening meningococcal infection. The pathogen affects the entire body but most notably the limbs, which turn purple as Archie’s did.
At just five months old, the poor little guy had to stay in the hospital for several months, fed intravenously and with a breathing tube inserted through his mouth. After undergoing a blood transfusion, he was on life support. His family created a GoFundMe page where hundreds of people donated to help the family with the expensive treatment. Thanks to incredible shows of generosity, they managed to raise more than double their hoped-for sum.
Amazingly, after a long struggle, Archie was considered out of danger and was discharged. At home, he’s recovering little by little and looking better all the time.
"Meningococcal. You hit my son yesterday like a wrecking ball but he came straight back at you like a d11 bulldozer. Meningococcal. You have met your match Arch is going to beat you and he is going to come out on the other side with a big smile on his face," wrote Josh on Facebook, and his brave son has proved him right. He still has a long way to go, but Archie is expected to make a full recovery.
We wish the family all the strength they need to help Archie get better and get back to being the relaxed, happy family they deserve to be!

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