Outpouring of support for bomb victim Michael
THE family of Michael Boggan say they are overwhelmed by the support for the Ipswich teenager whose hands were blown apart by a homemade bomb.
His mother, Rebecca Boggan, said a prosthetics company came forward yesterday offering to give Michael a pair of artificial hands.
Michael has been in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital since Friday with his mum by his bedside for much of that time.
"He's going in and out of surgery to clean his wounds and redo the pins and wires they've got attached to his hands to help the bones grow back together," Ms Boggan said yesterday.
"The two reattached fingers, there's some nice blood flow to them. The doctor said to us this morning he's got high hopes he'll be able to keep those fingers on his right hand, but he'll only have a pinkie on the left hand.
"We got some wonderful news this morning that a prosthetics company has offered to give Michael prosthetic hands for free when the time comes for that."
While the police investigation into the events of Friday afternoon continue, she said she was focusing on keeping Michael's spirits up.
"He's still got his family's wicked sense of humour. He's joking and flirting with nurses and things like that - 15-year-old boys, you know," she said.
Yesterday, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale visited Michael after launching an appeal for him through the Mayor's Community Fund on Sunday.
Ms Boggan was overjoyed by the public outpouring of support for her son.
"It's totally renewed my faith in humanity. I'm just in awe of the amount of support and flowers and messages that are coming into the hospital for Michael," she said.
"I just can't describe the feeling. It's just so wonderful that there are so many kind people out there in this world.
"The police will find those that are responsible guilty and those that aren't innocent.
"I'm pretty much still numb at the moment. But I don't hate anyone because hate's a big word and it's such a wasted emotion.
"I can say I'm not well pleased with these three; I don't care if it was a prank or not, what they've done is just devastating.
"Michael has to live with this the rest of his life and so do they."
Ipswich police inspector Keith McDonald said police had spoken to three teenagers who left the scene after the explosion.
One was taken to Ipswich Hospital with glass fragment cuts, hearing damage and shock. Another two had injuries to their arms and were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital.
"The three were interviewed soon after they were released from hospital and like all six people who were there that afternoon they are assisting police with our inquiries," Insp McDonald said.
"We have to ascertain whether it was a terrible accident or something done with malicious intent.
"We're scientifically examining the remnants we took away last Friday and through our bomb squad and our scientific people trying to determine what the explosive was and hopefully how it was ignited.
"We're also interviewing and re-interviewing people to clear up any anomalies in their versions they've already given us, but we'd also like anybody who saw anything that afternoon to get in contact with police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
"The most difficult thing for us is there is a lot of rumour and innuendo out there, but we don't want that interfering with our investigation.
"We want people to understand this has to go beyond reasonable doubt; this is going to a criminal court, not the court of public opinion," he said.
"If any charges are going to be laid we have to be able to prove our evidence in a criminal court."
Mayor Paul Pisasale said calls had come in from people all over Australia wanting to help Michael.
"The support that's been coming in has been tremendous. Facebook has gone crazy," he said.
"It's amazing how many people want to help. That's one of the things that makes Ipswich stand out; when we have a tragedy we all rally behind the cause.
"It's been a horrific three days for everyone involved. What they saw and what they went through ripped a whole family apart.
"It's great to have a community that's so quick to respond.
"If people can't donate money I'd like them to send cards of support to Michael, just to say, 'We're thinking of you'."
Cash donations are being accepted via EFT to the following account:
Account Name: Ipswich Mayor's Community Fund Inc