BRAVE Joshua Wilson has left a hospice to be back home in Bury after what his mum has described as a “New Year miracle.”
The 13-year-old disabled boy, who has inspired fundraising all over the UK, had originally been in intensive care at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after suffering complications from a complex chest infection last month.
At one stage, doctors feared the worst, and after his condition deteriorated just before Christmas, he was moved from the hospital to Francis House Children’s Hospice in Manchester, leaving dad Colin and mum Dawn “heartbroken”.
However, the youngster’s condition began to improve, to the extent that he was subsequently able to leave the hospice to return to his home in Walshaw Road. Mum Dawn Fidler said: “We've had a New Year miracle, the best ever start to 2014. Josh is home and it's amazing he's made such an incredible turnaround and has defied his medical team once again. He is such a fighter.
“It will be a long recovery but Josh is home and happy, which is all that matters. We didn't think it would ever be possible once he went to Francis House Hospice.”
The teenager, affectionately nicknamed “Super Josh” and admired for his smile and cheery disposition, was diagnosed with his first brain tumour in 2004 at the age of three. Following complex surgery, due to the location of the tumour on the brain stem, he was left with physical disabilities.
Over the years the public raised funds to help pay for equipment and house adaptations. After completion of £28,000 works on their house, the family launched the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour charity to help families in a similar position.