Restaurateur back after mystery illness

A Fish Called Inglewood owner Paul Zammit was forced to close the business for four weeks after suffering an illness. Picture: Marcus Whisson        www.communitypix.com.au   d428419
A Fish Called Inglewood owner Paul Zammit was forced to close the business for four weeks after suffering an illness. Picture: Marcus Whisson        www.communitypix.com.au d428419

The Ballajura father of six boys was forced to close his family business after suffering what was initially thought to be a heart attack.

Mr Zammit (44) said he woke up one morning about five weeks ago feeling unwell before experiencing chest pains.

He said while being driven by his wife Jaycinta from his doctor to a specialist his thigh started to swell and blister in front of his eyes.

�They thought it was a king brown snake bite but there were no puncture marks,� Mr Zammit said.

�I had severe pain in my head, it felt like my eyes were popping out of my skull and I couldn�t tolerate light so they thought I had meningitis.�

Mr Zammit said he initially spent seven days in hospital where they spoke of plastic surgery or amputation if the leg swelling did not subside.

But the former Mosmans head chef�s health has improved enough for him to reopen the doors.

Mr Zammit said he lost between $70,000 and $100,000 during the closure but recorded his second busiest day � behind Good Friday � when they reopened.

�The support our customers have given us is amazing,� he said.