Volunteer in coma after flu
HIGH-PROFILE community volunteer Vicki Everingham, who is also electorate secretary for Tweed MP Geoff Provest, is in intensive care in a Brisbane hospital with serious complications from swine flu.
Ms Everingham took ill more than a fortnight ago and was later placed in a induced coma.
Mr Provest, who yesterday revealed he was calling the hospital every day, said Ms Everingham's illness was “devastating”.
Ms Everingham, understood to also suffer asthma, has been a staunch worker for community groups and was previously secretary for the Tweed Banana Festival, making that position an almost year-round job.
She was admitted firstly to Murwillumbah Hospital then transferred to John Flynn Hospital at Tugun, where she was placed in an induced coma.
Last Sunday she was taken to the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, which specialises in heart and lung care.