Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We are all Missing Harri

We have had a very tough time over the last few weeks, since Harri's 18th Birthday party. Harri became unwell with the Influenza B and ended up in hospital with pneumonia, a potentially fatal chest infection. Breathing became very difficult for Harrison and he went into respiratory failure, so he was put on a ventilator and taken to the Mater ICU. Here he fought to get on top of the infection and after 9 days he was making progress to come off the ventilator.

But he started to get more temperatures and came down with a server secondary infection called Pseudomonas. Harri was required to be re-sedated and fight this new infection. 7 Days later he improved and he was finally able to come off the ventilator on the 29th of September. The doctors were very hopeful, but late on the 30th of September Harri started to succumb to the infection again.

After weeks of fighting his respiratory muscles were depleted and weak. A server scoliosis and tracheomalacia were complicating Harrison's ability to breath and cough properly. Harrison deteriorated over night and passed away at 3pm on the 1st of October 2015.

We, Harrison's family are very sad, but we have been blessed to have Harri in our lives, especially over the last 15 years, since he received his brain injury from an encephalitis.

We hope to keep the memory of Harrison alive by keeping the charity going and helping children with similar struggles as Harrison.

We thank those who have offered their condolences and prayers, and we thank all those who have played a part in our young mans life.

Regards Matt


  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with Harri's family.

  2. Dear Matt and Kim and the entire family,

    I was thinking of Harrison and decided to find out how he was doing and that was where I visited your blog and heard of the sad news. I have been blessed to know Harrison and all of you. Both he and all of you have done a good fight and I pray that God's peace continues to dwell in your heart, knowing that he has gone back to his Father's bosom.

    In His love,


  3. Dear Matt, Kim and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the sad loss of Harri. What a hug hole in your heart, he had a beautiful smile and you could see the love you all had for him. No stone was unturning in ways to help Harri by you all. Thinking of you. Love Jenny, Marcus, Kirrily & Heidi McMahon