JJ well enough to come home but family waits for house

JJ Michalowski
JJ Michalowski

A two-year-old tot paralysed in a car accident is ready to return home after five months in hospital.

John James Michalowski, of South Elmsall, suffered severe spinal injuries in a head-on collision at Hemsworth Bypass in March.

He has remained in Leeds General Infirmary since the incident.

He is now well enough to return home to his family, but they are still waiting for an appropriate house and are continuing their fundraising for JJ.

Mum Katy Michalowska said: “JJ is doing well in hospital and is now ready to come home, but at the minute we are waiting for a house that is more suited to his needs.

“In the meantime, he is being transferred to Pinderfields Hospital, which will mean we will be a bit closer to him. But we really wanted to be able to go home from here.

“JJ has been able to spend the odd days with the family on day release which has been lovely but it is heartbreaking returning him to hospital at the end of the day and hearing him cry and say no and ask to come home.

“We just really want him to be back home and for the five of us to be a proper family again.”

The family will take part in a sponsored walk from South Elmsall to Hemsworth and back on Saturday as part of their fundraising to help buy specialist equipment to support JJ outside hospital. They are aiming to raise £10,000 and The Express is backing their fundraising bid.

Mrs Michalowska added: “I’m looking forward to the walk because I obviously want to do all I can for JJ.

“What I’m really hoping for is that JJ is able to leave hospital for the day so he can join us all in his chair, particularly as he will be at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for further tests in September when other fundraising events take place.”

To donate to the family and get more details about fundraising events, search ‘Help Bring JJ Home’ on Facebook.