One family’s reason to sing

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: After two-and-a-half years, Mark Wearne (centre) is finally home with mum and dad, Ann and Simon. The family is hoping the community will come along to the upcoming Christmas in July fundraiser at the Bright Brewery to help raise funds for a transport vehicle for Mark.PHOTO: Vanessa Burgess

CARING for their adult son has meant life for the Wearne family has changed dramatically, but they wouldn’t have it any other way and will do all they can to ensure life is as normal as possible for the man who “loves them more than fish”.

Ann and Simon Wearne have done whatever has needed to be done since January 11, 2013, when their son Mark suffered an aneurism and catastrophic sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.

Mark was found by friend Ben Knox and was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital where he spent the next five weeks in the Intensive Care Unit.

“It was touch and go, we didn’t know if he would make it and if he did, what sort of damage there may be,” Ann said.

“He spent another five months at the Alfred and after seven to eight months started to become semi-conscious.”

The family travelled from Wandiligong to Melbourne every week to sit by Mark’s side, and extended family members made sure he was never alone while in hospital.

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