Ral­ly­ing to help


Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

THE fam­ily of a man burnt in a garage fire in Iluka on Mon­day night say they have been over­whelmed with sup­port.

Eve­lyn Gra­ham said her hus­band Stu­art had been se­verely burnt be­low the waist, less so on the arms, hands and torso and, thank­fully, had only su­per­fi­cial fa­cial burns.

“It’s go­ing to be a long road,” she said. “They need to do skin grafts, start­ing this Fri­day.

“But he hasn’t lost any sight or hear­ing; that was for me a very big re­lief.”

The Gra­hams, in­clud­ing son Troy (13) and daugh­ter Kirstie (10), had moved to Perth just a month ago from Sydney after em­i­grat­ing from South Africa two years ago.

They had been rent­ing the Del­gado Pa­rade home when Mr Gra­ham tried to prevent a fire in the garage from spread­ing after an elec­tri­cal fault.

“We moved here to buy a house and put roots down in Aus­tralia and we will con­tinue on this path,” Mrs Gra­ham said.

“Stu­art has a lot of sup­port; the com­mu­nity has been fan­tas­tic here in Perth, un­be­liev­able.

“The out­pour­ing of of­fers of help in any small or big way have been com­pletely ap­pre­ci­ated and more than we could have hoped for.

“It has been amaz­ing; Aus­tralians def­i­nitely know how to help peo­ple.”

Mrs Gra­ham said her hus­band would be at Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal for a cou­ple of weeks be­fore be­ing an out­pa­tient.

Main pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481354

The dam­aged garage. Be­low: Stu­art Gra­ham is re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal.

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