Brave JJ is ‘little miracle’

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‘Little miracle’ JJ Michalowski has been able to stand up for the first time since he was paralysed from the chest down in a horror car smash in March.

Thanks to treatment at Stoke Mandeville spinal injuries centre and special callipers, the brave South Elmsall two-year-old is now able to stand up.

His mum Katy Michalowka said: “He’s absolutely amazing. He’s our little miracle.

“Even though he can’t walk just to be able to stand in his callipers is absolutely fantastic.

“It has made him so happy and it will mean he can take part in games that he needs to stand up for.

“It’s more than we ever thought possible, some good has come out of a horrendous situation.”

JJ is now under the care of Stoke Mandeville spinal injuries centre and has been receiving rehabilitation to teach him how to transfer himself from his wheelchair and build up his strength.

Mrs Michalowska added: “JJ has made friends at the hospital and met other children who have similar injuries through accidents, they are all amazing.

“We are so grateful to Stoke Mandeville for helping our little boy stand.

“The support we have received there is fantastic.”

JJ was left paralysed from the chest down after the family car was involved in a head-on crash on Hemsworth bypass in March.

The Express launched a campaign to raise £10k to help buy specialist equipment for JJ and our generous readers have now raised more than £15,500.

So far the money has been used to buy equipment including two wheelchairs.

The family will also buy a floor seat and wheels for his callipers, called a rabbit, to help him get around standing up.

Mrs Michalowska said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for the support. The amount of money people have donated has made such a difference to JJ.

“I would also like to say a massive thank you to Tesco who have just raised another £1,000 for us by selling reindeer food and holding a raffle.”