One of the highlights of the Dolphins trip to Pittsworth for Round 18 of the Intrust Super Cup was meeting so many young fans, including five year old Dane Sutton. Dane was diagnosed with Perthes disease in March following numerous specialist appointments, X-Rays and Blood Tests.
Perthes is a disease that causes the hip ball to fracture away. In time, the body will absorb the dead bone and a new hip ball will regrow. Dane’s right hip is affected by Perthes and he is currently in Stage 2 where the ball is fracturing.
The condition means that Dane will be wheelchair bound for at least twelve months. He will be then be in and out of a wheelchair for the next five years. Dane is a passionate rugby league fan and was devastated about not being able to join his team mates this year after registering to play for Pittsworth with his dad as coach.
Dane was at the game on Saturday night where he caught up with the team and received a gift. Dane’s mum said, “being able to get a photo with the Redcliffe Dolphins and a signed football is just so special to him and us as a family. He has had a smile from ear to ear since!”