Scout leader Wayne Peatey has fallen critically ill.
Scout leader Wayne Peatey has fallen critically ill.

Scout leader fighting for life

A MARYBOROUGH man has “died twice” since falling critically ill on his return from the national scout jamboree.

Wayne Peatey, leader of the Baddow Scouts, is fighting for his life after he was flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital two days after returning home from the 2010 Scout Jamboree in Sydney with bug-like symptoms.

“He was really weak by Sunday,” said family friend Kathy Hodges. “Then his kidneys started shutting down.”

Mr Peatey has undergone five operations so far and doctors have also removed a tumour from his bowel, Ms Hodges says.

“He has died twice since falling ill. His condition is really critical.”

Ms Hodges said members of the Baddow Scouts were holding a working bee at Mr Peatey’s Tinana home this weekend.

“He and his wife do so many hours of voluntary work in the community and have been so busy fundraising over the past couple of months to send the kids to the jamboree that in the meantime their garden has been let go.

“So we’re having our second working bee this weekend. A local business has already generously donated bobcat time but we do need more help.

“We are looking for donations of money, gardening products or services. We also need help with the pool – so anyone with any expertise in that area would be greatly appreciated.”

Ms Hodges said there were more than a dozen young scouts – including her 14-year-old son – under Mr Peatey’s care at the jamboree.

“We are all hoping and praying he will pull through this.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the working bee can contact the Chronicle on 4120 0464.



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