Dominic’s amazing survival
THE moments Sonny Page cherishes the most is when his son Dominic calls out “Dad”.
“He says ‘dad’, ‘mum’, ‘what’. Sometimes he says ‘oh god’,” Mr Page said.
In October 2008, Dominic was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital as the meningococcal virus took hold of the 18-month-old’s body.
After teetering for days between life and death, Dominic had his legs and an arm amputated, before later losing his hand and a small part of his nostril.
The family lived in a halfway state between Brisbane and Bundaberg for months as Dominic battled a number of health issues related to the virus.
The NewsMail first reported on the Page family’s plight in November 2008 and community members opened their hearts and wallets, raising thousands of dollars to help the family during Dominic’s recovery.
This past Christmas was the first one the toddler, now two-and-a-half, had spent at home.
“It was awesome, it was the best thing,” Mr Page said.
The Pages got together with other extended family members to celebrate the festive season in Bundaberg.
While Dominic’s recovery has been rocky at times, he has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of months.
Mr Page said as the tot got better; his personality was starting to return as well.
“He’s classic. He’s full of fun and laughs,” he said.
“He comes up with some weird face impressions.”
And while the youngster suffered brain damage during his fight for life in hospital, Mr Page said he believed Dominic would make a full recovery.
His son faces further surgeries this year — as early as February — but the Page family is just happy to have him home.
“He’s just a normal little boy, really,” Mr Page said.
“We just tell (all the other children around him) not to treat him any differently.”