RELIEVED: After weeks of being stuck in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, five-year-old Cottonvale boy Cameron Calvisi is loving being back home with his toys.
RELIEVED: After weeks of being stuck in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, five-year-old Cottonvale boy Cameron Calvisi is loving being back home with his toys. Matthew Purcell

Cameron all excited for first day of Prep

LITTLE Cameron Calvisi could start Prep as soon as next week, following his miraculous recovery from a gunshot wound.

The five-year-old was admitted to hospital with a bullet lodged in his spine on January 2, after being shot point-blank with a .22 rifle by his 12-year-old cousin.

Following three major operations, Cameron was finally discharged from Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital on Thursday.

Free from the bullet that almost claimed his life and wearing a specialised neck brace, Cameron and his father Robert were all smiles as they arrived home at the family's apple orchard at Cottonvale.

"I'm going to fill out all of the forms (for Prep) now and see if they can fit him in somewhere,” Robert said.

"He's just so happy to be home. He's been running around and eating heaps of fruit.”

After planting a kiss on his grandfather Tony's cheek Thursday afternoon, Cameron enjoyed the afternoon running around on the farm.

Robert, meanwhile, said he was keen for a good night sleep and a drink, after spending the first month of January sleeping on hospital couches.

Reliving the incident, Robert recalls Cameron running up to him, yelling: 'Daddy, I've been shot'.

Robert said he stuffed the child in his car, placing a shirt under him to absorb the blood that was running from his mouth and kept his son talking as he sped towards the Stanthorpe hospital.

"I've never driven so fast in my life, 156km/h I think I was doing all the way, in the rain.”

"He was drowsy. His eyes were starting to roll.

"I just kept making him say 'dad' all the way into town. I was making him talk to me and he was doing it.

"He was pretty active until I got him to the hospital and then they just put him straight on the bed and did what they had to do.

"Nobody would want to go through it, to have a little boy, just hanging on.”

Cameron will need another seven weeks of intense rehabilitation before he can return to just being a kid again.

He is still not ready to talk about what happened but when the Border Post visited him on Thursday he was active and happy, playing with his toy cars and dog Buddy.

His cousins too have suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress.

"I'm just glad he's home safe. He's excited - so am I,” Robert said.

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