Blake is finally off to Brisbane with his family, Carl, Myra and mother, Jasmine Rose.
Blake is finally off to Brisbane with his family, Carl, Myra and mother, Jasmine Rose. Rob Barich

Battler Blake's birthday hope

IF all goes well this time round, Blake Rose may finally get the vital surgery he has been waiting for — the day before his ninth birthday.

Blake has a genetic condition, neurofibromatosis, and will hopefully undergo his 20th operation to correctly fuse his tibia and fibula together.

If the operation is unsuccessful, Blake will lose his leg.

Last month the surgery had to be postponed due to an ongoing infection, but until the Rose family can be assured his infection has cleared enough for doctors to safely operate on his little body, they have been consoled with the new housing commission house they now call home.

“We’ve now got a house that looks like a home,” Carl Barrow said.

“It’s homely, and full of love.”

The Rose family wanted to thank the Bundaberg community for getting behind them and helping Blake at such a difficult time.

“We’d like give everyone a heartfelt thank you,” Mr Barrow said.

“The people out there know who they are.

“And we’ve got a home — it makes a big difference.”

The family are again set to be accommodated by Ronald McDonald House charities, and plan to leave on Monday.



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