HAPPY FAMILY: Happy to be together at the 35th birthday of John Cook Jnr, pictured right, are family members from left, Asia, Abby, Johno, Chris, and John Snr.
HAPPY FAMILY: Happy to be together at the 35th birthday of John Cook Jnr, pictured right, are family members from left, Asia, Abby, Johno, Chris, and John Snr. Rok-Cookjpg

John's Christmas wish granted

FORMER Rockhampton man John Cook Junior's Christmas wish has been granted.

After nearly two and a half years in a Sydney hospital the father of four has returned home to be with his wife Abby and their children.

They are now living in a specially modified home at Penrith, NSW.

It has been a horror time for John, 35, and his family after he suffered a hemorrhagic myclon encephalopathy as a complication from a viral infection that attacked his brain.

It has left him an extreme quadriplegic.

John's plight touched the hearts of the Central Queensland community who raised more than $30,000 for him in a fundraising effort co-ordinated by the Rock Building Society and Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten.

His parents, John Senior and Chris, have clocked up countless air-miles flying between Rockhampton and Sydney.

They said he couldn't be happier to be living with his family again.

"He's much happier, and Abby is really happy too," his father said.

He said the relocation was a huge exercise.

John has round-the-clock care at his home, which has been modified to accommodate the specialised equipment he needs.

Even though he returned home on Monday, December 12, he has been back to hospital on a couple of occasions following scares.

"His condition is stable, but serious," John Snr said. "He told them he really wanted to go home."

The couple said they appreciated the support of the community and the health-care professionals. Rockhampton people are frequently asking about John Jr's condition.



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