Dustin Han­nam show­ing signs of re­cov­ery

Fam­ily ral­ly­ing around Marys­town man who suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries; in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues to try and find out what hap­pened to him

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FARRELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

Nearly a month af­ter he was found ly­ing un­con­scious in a park­ing lot in Marys­town, Dustin Han­nam is fight­ing to get bet­ter.

His aunt Amanda Han­nam told The South­ern Gazette on Tues­day, Nov. 27 that her nephew is a fighter.

“He has been fight­ing since this in­ci­dent,” she said, “fight­ing for sur­vival. There’s no doubt he is meant to be here.

“I keep telling that to my fam­ily from see­ing him from day one to now to­day is day 27, he has fought ev­ery day to be here.”

Dustin was air­lifted from Burin to the Health Sciences Cen­tre in St. John’s on Nov. 1 af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered by po­lice un­con­scious in a park­ing lot near the Canada Post build­ing in Marys­town.

On Nov. 2 he un­der­went surgery to re­move part of his skull to al­le­vi­ate swelling on his brain as a re­sult of se­vere head in­juries, which in­cluded a frac­tured skull and bleed­ing on the brain. Fol­low­ing surgery, he spent 10-days in the in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) be­fore be­ing moved to the spe­cial care unit on the neu­ro­log­i­cal floor of the hos­pi­tal.

Amanda told The Gazette dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view from her home in St. John’s, that last week Dustin showed signs of re­cov­ery. He can breathe on his own, eat and walk with the as­sis­tance of oth­ers.

“It’s been such a bless­ing to see him make gains daily,” she said. “Of most sig­nif­i­cance is his im­prove­ment in mo­bil­ity on his right side.

“Dur­ing his stay in the ICU, Dustin was non-re­spon­sive on his right en­tirely, even to a pain stim­u­lus. Now, we are so happy to re­port he has re­gained the use of his right hand and leg. With lit­tle as­sis­tance, Dustin can walk. This in and of it­self is a mir­a­cle.”

Dustin Han­nam

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