Brad Masters, a West Australian surf photographer, dies after a harrowing struggle with a neck infection
After a debilitating struggle with a freak infection in his neck, a prominent Australian surf photographer has died in hospital.
Brad Masters, 41, from Fremantle, WA, was hospitalised on Christmas Day near Canggu, south of Bali.
He had found that a gland was swollen in his neck and sought medical advice.
But his health rapidly worsened to the point that there was a scarlet-red bulge in his throat.
Masters, a father-of-one, underwent two procedures to try to quench the virus, but both were unsuccessful.
"Unfortunately, Brad passed away today, February 6, during the early hours of the morning," said a fundraiser on behalf of the family.
He spent the last few days in Fiona Stanley Hospital, surrounded by his parents' affection. He put up a hell of a fight, however, unfortunately, he was so weakened that he could no longer fight.
As a result of his body fighting the infection, Brad lost 32kg in just six weeks.
Brad tried very hard to remain with us, but his body was incredibly weak to keep fighting, unfortunately.
In the beautiful images that he generated through his photographs and his quirky ways, we will take comfort. Every second of every day, we will miss you.
The friend of the family said she began the fundraiser to assist the family of Brad with rapidly mounting hospital bills.
She said that the cost of care for each day he wanted a ventilator was $75,000 plus $3500.
Coupled with the pandemic that made repatriating Brad to Western Australia almost impossible, she says the family was under tremendous financial stress.
Generous well-wishers have already offered Brad's family more than $36,000.