Jamie Manuele (centre) flanked by his mother Daphnejean Finnegan (left) and partner Cara and son Jesse-James (4) at Rockhampton Hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Jamie Manuele (centre) flanked by his mother Daphnejean Finnegan (left) and partner Cara and son Jesse-James (4) at Rockhampton Hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Family wants Jamie at home after 10 months in hospital

"I WANT to take him home."

Daphnejean Finnegan has spent the past the past 10 months caring for her son in hospital, and is now close to bringing him home.

Jamie Manuele went into the Rockhampton Hospital last August after suffering swelling to his brain.

The 32-year-old fought for his life for weeks before being declared brain dead.

But with his determined mum and partner Cara by his side, Jamie fought back and doctors in Brisbane told the family in April that Jamie had regained some brain activity.

But while Jamie had begun speaking a little, and eating, his mum said things had changed again in the past few weeks.

"He was supposed to come home last week, but he stopped talking and just whispers," she said.

Daphnejean who has been at Jamie's side for months says she knows he wants to go home.

"He was saying, 'get me out of here and take me home', but now he's stopped talking," she said.

The family is hoping to take Jamie home this week, but he has been battling aspiration pneumonia.

Ensuring Jamie is medically fit to go home isn't the family's only challenge.

They need to have the right medical equipment for the father-of-four, but that will cost them about $20,000 to buy.

Jamie's partner Cara, 28, said the situation could be stressful.

She said the family was looking for any help from the public when it came to donations, even used rehabilitation equipment.

If anyone wishes to donate, contact The Morning Bulletin on 49304312.


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