Pic: Physio Sophie Phillips with Jason "Buddy" Miller

The Mona Vale Hospital rehab team is playing a key role in the recovery of a Northern Beaches man who came close to dying following a blood infection.

Jason “Buddy” Miller, 48, is receiving support from the multi-disciplinary team at the Beachside Rehab Unit, after having his hands and feet amputated following a streptococcus and aerococcus infection.

Buddy has spent many months in hospital, including seven days in a coma, after what he initially thought was the flu. He developed septic shock and organ failure, and medical teams at Northern Beaches Hospital worked hard to save his life.

“It hit me after about a week that I came so close to losing my life. I’m so happy they saved me, and it puts losing my hands and feet in perspective.” Buddy said.

“Now I have a different path. I’ll just do what I can, and I won’t worry about what I can’t.”

Buddy has welcomed the medical, nursing and allied health support at Mona Vale Hospital.

“The staff have been very positive and very impressed with the gains I’ve made especially in the gym.

“The rehab program is aimed at building my strength and helping me prepare for my prosthetic limbs.

“I can’t wait for the challenge and while I realise it won’t be smooth sailing, I’m looking forward to moving onto the next stage of my recovery and using my new limbs.

“Having access to the gym and working with the physios here has been great. I’ve been able to do so much more and I’m progressing really quickly. The support across the board has been encouraging.

“Getting better also means I’ll be able to spend more time with my seven-year-old daughter Jhayda, which really inspires me to work hard at my recovery,” Buddy said.