Father dies at work while trying to pay for cancer treatment for son in coma
In the space of one month, Isaiah Carney’s life has turned upside down after two tragedies hit him in quick succession.
In mid-January, his 17-year-old brother Zeek slipped into a coma after a life-threatening cancer diagnosis.
Then two weeks later, on February 1, his dad Tom – a father-of-three – died in a car crash, while he was working longer hours to pay for his son’s cancer treatment.
Tom Carney’s funeral was last Friday and the family are now worried about breaking the tragic news to Zeek when he wakes up from the coma.
Isaiah, 21, told the situation left his family in “more and more pain”.
“It’s almost been a blur, so much information to process,” he said.
Everything started going wrong for the Carney family on January 15.
That day Zeek, from Albury in southern NSW, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a rare blood cancer.
Several hours later “he was literally kicking and screaming in pain” according to Isaiah.
The teenager was struggling to breathe as pressure built up in his lungs and heart.
A helicopter rushed to take Zeek to hospital, and at one point he clinically died during the flight.
Although medical staff were able to resuscitate him, Zeek’s condition was deteriorating rapidly and doctors decided they needed to induce him into a coma and intubate him.
He was flown to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, with Zeek’s mother Hailey following in her car.
“They started on chemotherapy for him while he’s in the coma,” Isaiah said.
The hope is that his cancer will be brought to heel by the time he wakes up.