Christmas miracle for South Yorkshire boy given hours to live

Owls at Sheffield Childrens Hospital...Jack Ashurst from Kimberworth meets his Owls hero Michail Antonio
Owls at Sheffield Childrens Hospital...Jack Ashurst from Kimberworth meets his Owls hero Michail Antonio
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A ‘MIRACLE’ schoolboy given just hours to live after being knocked off his bike by a car is back home in time for Christmas after months in hospital.

Jac Ashurst, aged nine, was in a coma for more than two weeks after being knocked from his bike and suffering a catalogue of horrific injuries.

Doctors at Sheffield Children’s Hospital even told his ‘petrified’ family he may have had only 36 hours to live.

But today the little fighter is finally back home, just in time to spend Christmas with his proud family.

Mum Jane Shirtliffe, aged 46, told The Star: “To look at him now it is a miracle.

“We are going home today and it is such a nice feeling. Jac is really looking forward to Christmas and the New Year.”

Jac had been playing out on his bike for just a few minutes, and had gone to call for a friend, when he was hit.

One of his legs was shattered in three places by the collision in October. He had to learn to walk again and doctors feared he could have suffered brain damage.

“Jac had two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and swelling on the brain,” said Jane.

“When the doctors showed us his scans they gave him only 36 hours to live.
“We were very worried, but he is a little fighter.

“He was in a coma for more than two-and-a-half weeks - I was absolutely petrified.”

Jac’s last day in hospital was given an extra shine when the full Sheffield Wednesday squad arrived for a festive visit yesterday.

Jac, who was given a club goodie-bag and got to meet star players, said the visit was ‘cool’.

He added: “I want to stay in hospital and kiss everybody!”

Grateful Jane, from Kimberworth, Rotherham, also thanked the staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for their support.

She added: “Jac loves football and it was great for the Wednesday squad to have come in on his last day.

“Everybody at the hospital has been absolutely fantastic.

“All the help and support has really helped him to get better.”