THE Brinks family of Suffolk Park could finally celebrate last Wednesday night when news came through that son, Noah's heart had settled back into its regular rhythm following life saving surgery.
Nine year old Noah underwent an operation at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane to repair a 15mm whole in his heart in May.
With the family stretched emotionally and financially the Byron community rallied around offering emotional and practical support.
"Noah's open heart surgery threw us into complete mental, emotional and financial meltdown," said mother Justine Reilly.
"Our dear friend, Lisa Morgan put her own life on hold, moving in to care for our other sons, Jasper and Banjo, so they could retain some kind of normality whilst we accompanied Noah to Brisbane.
"Our good friends, the Lowry's & Kirkwood's rallied to help us through this time...putting together what turned out to be a bonzer raffle.
"We have been touched and moved to tears, almost daily, by the very kind help of friends, family, extended friends, the parents and staff of St Finnbars Primary School & Byron Community School, the Byron community and beyond, and all the businesses that donated prizes to the raffle.
"Byron really does walk the walk when it comes to community support."
The plan is for Noah to return to school at the beginning of term three with the family hoping to get the final all clear on Noah's recovery in September.
He will then be able to get back into soccer, surfing and skateboarding, activities that have been on hold whilst his body recovers.
"We just have to keep him calm till then, thank goodness for Lego," said Ms Reilly
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