Jamie Manuele (centre) flanked by his mother Daphnejean Finnegan (left) and partner Cara and son Jesse-James (4) at Rockhampton Hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Jamie Manuele (centre) flanked by his mother Daphnejean Finnegan (left) and partner Cara and son Jesse-James (4) at Rockhampton Hospital. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Magazine headline shocks Rockhampton mum looking after son

DAPHNEJEAN Finnegan didn't think she was doing anything wrong; she was just helping her son.

The Rockhampton mother told the Morning Bulletin in March, that she had been giving her son Stilnox to try to bring him out of his coma.

Her son Jamie Manuele, 32, has been in hospital since August after suffering swelling to his brain; but for Daphnejean, Stilnox was the answer to getting him back.

After giving him the controversial drug, he regained consciousness and was able to communicate.

Daphnejean said that once doctors saw his improvements they prescribed the drug to him.

Her plight to save her son made the cover of national magazine Take5 last month, but the headline "I turned to crime to save his life" took Daphnejean by surprise.

"I couldn't believe they wrote that, I felt ill and couldn't read the story," Daphnejean said.

"(Take5) read the story to me, but not the headline.

"I didn't feel like I was doing something criminal."

While being disappointed with the headline, Daphnejean has managed to get Jamie out of hospital and back home.

Life has its daily struggles as Daphnejean cares for her son around the clock; and the family continue to come up with money in order to keep him at home.

"It's costing me $2500 to rent Jamie's equipment for a month," Daphnejean said.



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