Finn's fighting Queensland spirit stuns doctors
QUEENSLAND'S State of Origin team doesn't have to look far for inspiration when it comes to taking on a Blues team desperate for a win tonight.
The players just need to take a look at one of their younger fans, Finn Smith.
The Pacific Paradise toddler fought off the deadly meningococcal bacteria in November and is stunning doctors, and his parents, with his progress.
Losing parts of his hands and feet as a result of the illness hasn't stopped Finn from taking the world by storm.
Part of Finn's healing since his life-and-death battle in the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital was due to music therapy.
A raffle by Coles and Coca-Cola during the Origin series will help raise funds for this vital service.
Finn's mum, Sarah, has encouraged people to get behind the Care for Kids Appeal.
Finn's music therapy started while he was in the Intensive Care Unit.
"We mentioned he loved music and they came in and played their guitar and sang songs for him," Mrs Smith said.
"They had little instruments in the background. They also gave him a CD player, with two small speakers for either side of his head and played music softly.
"It was music for dreaming and they put it in every day.''
Finn's music therapy continued when he came out of a coma.
"They were with us till we left the hospital. They came in every week, it was part of his recovery and to get him moving,'' Mrs Smith said.
"They gave him a little guitar, which he strummed with his hands all bandaged.
"Music therapy is fantastic. It got him reaching, moving again, and he enjoyed it because he loves music.
"They also gave him a CD when we left, which we played to him to get him to go to sleep. It is his cue for sleeping."
Even now Finn is keen to play his ukulele, holding it in tiny stumps.
"He loves it," Mrs Smith said.
She said there were many teams that helped Finn in his recovery and "music therapy was certainly one of them".
"I would urge people to get behind them," she said.
The date for further surgery to repair scarring on Finn's hand has been extended to mid-July.
"He is just getting on with it,'' Mrs Smith said.
"He is moving around so well, using his hands and thumb and he is putting on weight.
"The little boots, that's going fantastic, he is doing more than would have been expected."
While Finn has been home for several months, the Sunshine Coast has not forgotten him and fundraising events for his rehabilitation continue.
Raffle tickets for the Care for Kids Appeal are available at the checkouts in all Queensland and NSW Coles stores for $2 each.