Holding out for Hamish

Ada (7), Jenny and Hamish (2) Quinn.
Ada (7), Jenny and Hamish (2) Quinn.

The Seascapes father had his life turned upside down when his son Hamish (2) was diagnosed with leukaemia.

He had to give up his job as an electrician on an offshore oil rig. His two cars were repossessed and he negotiated a few months’ grace on his home mortgage. He is now preparing his daughter Ada (7) for a bone marrow donation.

‘It’s been pretty hard,’ Mr Quinn said.

‘But it’s better that I am here with my family; it’s a balancing act.’

Since Hamish was diagnosed, he has undergone four rounds of chemotherapy.

‘Hamish was knocked around the first time,’ Mr Quinn said.

‘He flatlined and was in ECU with hemorrhages on the brain and a collapsed right lung.

‘He was in a coma for two weeks and for six weeks he didn’t speak.’

The family was relieved when Hamish was in remission and was released from Princess Margaret Hospital on New Year’s Eve. Then at the end of February the cancer came back and was more aggressive than before.

‘Hamish was not happy to be back in hospital,’ Mr Quinn said.

‘He was biting his mum, but is now settling in.’

Ada is a compatible bone marrow match and is being counselled to become a donor.

‘She is very brave; my concern for her is if it doesn’t work,’ Mr Quinn said.

‘This is our last crack at it. It’s a waiting game.’

– Halls Head mother Kristy Anderson has set up a fundraising page to help keep the Quinn family afloat.

‘Dave and Jen can no longer work as they realised they may only have three more months with their little boy,’ she said.

‘They alternate days staying at PMH to be by their son’s bedside to care for him, not ever wanting to leave him alone, while also raising their daughter and trying to give her the most normal life they can.’

Ms Anderson said it had been heartbreaking seeing what her friends were going through.

‘I have sat back and watched Dave and Jen advertise and sell their belongings to try get money together to pay for their son’s treatment and to survive themselves,’ she said.

‘The last thing I want to see is them lose their home’