Family devastated by home-made bomb want to help Mackay family
ABOUT three months ago Rebecca Boggan's son lay in a bed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital after having most of his hands blown off by a home-made bomb.
Today, a Mackay family is in the same hospital, by the side of their loved one who suffered similar injuries in the Sunday evening bomb blast on Milton St.
Ms Boggan has described her son Michael's rehabilitation journey as the "most horrible thing" her family has been through.
She has reached out to the family of the 14-year-old Mackay boy to offer her support, and wants to meet them to shed light and prepare them for the long road ahead.
"It changes your whole life forever.
"Initially, you just keep thinking what if," she said.
"What if I had just made him stay home and clean up his room? What if I had put my foot down and not let him go out?
"But you can't do that; the what ifs will kill you," she said.
Ms Boggan's son, who also has autism and aspergers, has now had about 12 operations and still has limited movement in both of his hands.
His story made national headlines after alleged bullies asked the 15-year-old boy to hold onto a home-made bomb, which exploded in his hands on May 10.
Michael has only a thumb and a pinkie finger on his left hand, and has limited or no movement in the fingers of his right hand.
He had to learn how to hold a cup, and requires a special device to be able to hold onto a fork to eat small amounts of food. He now has compression gloves made up for both of his hands.
She said her family had become stronger, and pulled together, but there was still a long journey ahead of them.
"My advice to them would be to not forget to take care of themselves, and try and get some sleep when you can," she said. "The hardest thing about the rehabilitation is that it is so painful. It's hard as a parent to watch your child in pain."
SCHOOL AND HOME BOMBS LINKED
MACKAY Police District Inspector Andy Graham said the 15-year-old boy involved in the Milton St explosion was being dealt with by the juvenile provisional system.
He has also confirmed the Milton St explosion and the home-made devices found on the school oval were linked.
"We haven't spoken to the injured boy; it might take some time before he will be able to return to Mackay," he said.
Meanwhile, Mackay State High School principal Steve Paulger said he was planning to discuss safety with students at this morning's assembly.
He said the safety of the school's pupils and staff was always the number one priority. "I will discuss safe and responsible behaviour," he said.