Eight year old Blake Rose is facing his 20th operation. Photo: Ron Burgin boy0910a
Eight year old Blake Rose is facing his 20th operation. Photo: Ron Burgin boy0910a

Harrowing fight tests the family

WITH the harrowing prospect of being unable to put food on the table bad enough for most people, Blake Rose's family are willing to risk going without to see he gets the medical treatment he needs.

“Not only is it hard for Blake and us to deal with the situation, but we've had to try and get by ourselves (financially) all this time,” Mr Barrow said.

“He is the bravest little boy I know.

“I couldn't go through what I've seen him go through.”

If Wednesday's latest and last-hope operation at Brisbane's Mater Hospital to correctly fuse his tibia and the fibula is successful, Blake will have his leg in a cage for four months.

If it does not, his leg will be amputated.

“It's a 10-hour operation - we'll be beside ourselves,” Mr Barrow said.

The family yesterday received the welcome news that they will have accommodation at the Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane for the duration of Blake's recovery, which is expected to be about 10 days.

They estimate they will need about $300 to get through the rest of Blake's Brisbane stay - and can then look forward to getting into a Housing Commission house in Bundaberg that they have desperately waited for.

“We were looking at complete and utter destitution,” Mr Barrow said.

“It's the best news (the Housing Commission house) we've had in eight years.

“We're looking forward to taking Blake home, and having a home.”

The stress on the family to get him to medical appointments, consultations and operations has been heavy, and Mr Barrow lost his last job due to the duties.

“I don't like being on the dole, but it's our circumstance,” he said.

“I am trying to get work again for a better future.”

The family would appreciate any support from the community to get them through this rough patch.

Although they will leave tomorrow for Brisbane, any immediate offers of help can be directed to Mr Barrow on 0427 726 248.

From Monday, donations can be made to the NewsMail office in Targo Street.

GRATITUTE FOR HELP Blake's family would like to thank: • Ronald McDonald House Charity • The Queensland Department of Housing (housing commission section) • Mater Hospital's bone reconstruction specialist and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ivan Astori • Redcliffe Base Hospital's Dr Robert Boulton (one of only two specialists on the disorder in Australia)


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