AN 11-year-old boy has been released from intensive care and taken his first steps following a house fire more than a month ago.
Christopher Nuttall is being treated in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital for burns to 30 per cent of his body, on his head, neck, chest and hands.
The fire also destroyed the Hagan’s Rd home his family was living in, and all their belongings.
His uncle Nils Racevskis said Christopher was now in a surgical ward as doctors continued with more skin grafts.
Mr Racevskis said Christopher was eating and speaking, and because he had been bedridden so long, would be undergoing physiotherapy.
He is expected to remain in hospital for months.
However Mr Racevskis said Christopher had maintained his sense of humour:
A few days ago when his carers asked where he wanted to walk to, he had responded “the exit”.
He is also keen to make the trek downstairs to see meerkats which are on display at the hospital.
Christopher’s mother Katrina Nuttall remains in Melbourne, staying at McDonald House.
Katrina’s partner Andrew Capper and Christopher’s 12-year-old sister Kaitlyn have been journeying backwards and forwards to Melbourne.
An appeal has been launched to help the family.
They have a rental property and Mr Racevskis said it had been largely furnished by donations.
The appeal has the backing of Foodworks, Sale, where Mrs Nuttall is manager.
Owner Paul Feltis said a bank account had been set up, and there was a tin in store for people to donate to the appeal.
Mr Raceviskis said what was needed now was financial support for the months ahead, which will go towards caring for Christopher.
Excess furniture and clothing donated to the family has gone to charities to help others in need.
Mr Capper is also trying to get the family back on its feet by establishing a home maintenance and window cleaning business.
How you can help?
Money can also be deposited in a Commonwealth Bank account:
Account number: 1083 0029
Account name: Paul Feltis