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Battle scars Dads act of love for brave young son

Battle scars: Dad’s act of love for brave young son


Griff Riley who received a tattoo throughout his head to match son Zavier’s scar. Image. Image: Sam RuttynSupply:Information Corp Australia
It's a rare act of sacrifice and love – however no much less extraordinary than his son’s story.
His son Zavier was born with craniosynostosis, a situation the place the bones in his cranium have been fused collectively earlier than the mind is totally fashioned.
The situation forces the rising mind to push ahead or backwards and makes the cranium appear to be a bullet.
In Zavier’s case his cranium was rising out above his eye sockets.
“We didn’t discover at first however he had a ridge on his brow,” Mr Riley, 29, mentioned.
“My dad and mom mentioned we should always get it checked out and when he was six months we have been despatched to a paediatrician.
“(By then) his head was like a snapper fish, with an enormous type of lump on the entrance.”
The one strategy to accommodate the rising mind is radical surgical procedure to reshape the cranium, a frightening prospect for anybody not to mention an 18-month-old baby, which was Zavier’s age when the process was carried out.
You understand the entire time he went by way of that operation he didn’t as soon as cry, he went alongside as if it was nothing,” Mr Riley mentioned.

Zavier was born with craniosynostosis, a situation the place the bones in his cranium have been fused collectively earlier than the mind is totally fashioned.Supply:Information Corp Australia
Zavier aged 18-months together with his mum Billiarna Macdonald following his surgical procedure.Supply:Information Corp Australia
Nevertheless it was removed from nothing.
“The plates within the entrance of his head have been fused, so his mind was rising outwards,” Zavier’s mom Billiarna MacDonald mentioned
“He needed to be lower from ear to ear, facet to facet, they pulled his pores and skin right down to his nostril and lower the bone from the attention socket up and changed it with screws and plates.”
The day earlier than the surgical procedure at Sydney Kids’s Hospital craniofacial unit, Mr Riley shaved his head in solidarity.
”Zavier needed to have his head shaved, so Griff shaved his as nicely so Zavier didn’t must be bald on his personal. It actually touches my coronary heart,” Ms MacDonald mentioned.
The process Zavier Riley underwent to create extra room for his mind to develop
And his dad Griff’s matching tattooed one
As Zavier recovered with a now normal-shaped head, he grew sufficiently old to recognise the scar. So his dad went one step additional and received the unusual tattoo.
I feel it’s simply wonderful,” Ms MacDonald mentioned.
“I cried once I first noticed the tattoo. Zavier loves it, he mentioned: ‘Daddy has the identical scar as me’.”
Zavier is now totally recovered and might sit up for a traditional life, whereas his hair has grown again.
However Mr Riley mentioned he’ll hold his head shaved indefinitely
“His hair does cowl most of his scar, however I’ll hold mine shaved for him,” he mentioned.
Initially printed asBattle scars: Dad’s act of affection for courageous younger son