BRAVE little Finn Smith will undergo the last of his major operations at the Royal Brisbane Hospital today.

His mother, Sarah Smith, said that surgeons had almost completed the multiple amputations on the 14-month-old who was struck down with meningococcal little more than a month ago.

"He's been doing really well today. They've had him on some good pain relief," Mrs Smith said yesterday.

"The surgeons are very happy with everything. What they were expecting to do, they did."

So far surgeons have removed Finn's right hand, his left leg below the knee and parts of his left hand.

His hand may need more surgery, but Mrs Smith said that the family would have to wait and see what movement he had when he began healing.

The three hours Finn spent in surgery on Friday brought the ordeal to a head, resulting in Mrs Smith having to be admitted to hospital herself.

"I ended up being in emergency," she said.

"With the anticipation of the surgery and the stress, I had a migraine for 10 hours."

Mrs Smith's husband Jason handled the situation well, but she was vomiting and had to be put on an IV drip.

Hopefully, Finn's surgery today will be his last.

"Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the right foot removal and they will be doing what they can to keep as much length in the leg itself," she said.

"They were hoping to keep the heel but that actually hasn't survived, so the surgery will be different."

Mrs Smith said the family would remain in their unit at the Ronald McDonald House for as long as necessary.

"Once they're finished there's a good six to eight weeks of actual amputation areas healing," she said.

"We've got to wait and see. We'll talk to the doctors and surgeons and then we'll have a better idea of recovery and the next stages."



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