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Family waits for son to wake

Monday, May 20, 2013 » 01:35pm


The grandfather of a five-year-old boy in a coma after being thrown from a fete ride in Queensland says all he wants is his 'little mate' to wake up.

LNP Party Treasurer Barry O'Sullivan's grandson Patrick was flung 10 metres from the spinning Frizbee ride at a fete at his school on Sunday afternoon.

The Mary MacKillop Catholic School community at Highfields, north of Toowoomba, is devastated by accident.

Patrick has serious head injuries and is in a coma at the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

A shaken and distressed Mr O'Sullivan says the family's only concern now is Patrick's welfare.

'Our entire focus ... is to see our little mate wake up and then stand up,' he told reporters outside the hospital.

'If love and prayers can get him up, then he'll be up by midday.

'It'll be a long time before we start thinking about why it happened.'

Patrick is the second youngest of four boys aged 10, eight and three.

Mr O'Sullivan says he's not aware of the details of how his grandson fell.

'We are just not going to allow one cubic of our energy to be involved in trying to think about what might have been and what could have been,' he said.

'We are concentrating all our will on getting Paddy back on his feet.

'We are shoulder to shoulder looking forwards and upwards.'

A workplace health and safety investigation has been launched into the incident.