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
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.”