Heartfelt thanks at support for Jonah McMichael

The community turned out in force recently to help Jonah.
The community turned out in force recently to help Jonah.

A Limavady couple have paid heartfelt thanks to the community for supporting a recent fundraiser in aid of their amazing little boy.

Jonah McMichael has fought his way back from being seriously ill to the point where his devoted parents are finally able to start planning to bring him home from hospital in Belfast to Altnagelvin.

Since Jonah was born on October 10, 2014, his parents, Moira McDermott and Darron McMichael have spent every minute possible by their son’s bedside. Moira and Darron knew their son had Down’s syndrome before he was born. Jonah, who has two holes in his heart, battled serious respiratory problems because of his condition Tracheomalacia which means struggles to breathe because of his floppy airways and low muscle tone.

Jonah has wowed the medical staff by coming on leaps and bounds after being fitted with a tracheostomy - a surgical opening in the throat to allow a tube to be inserted into the windpipe.

“Jonah remains stable and is meeting his milestones every day. As the weeks go on he gets stronger. He now has two bottom teeth which makes him even cuter. Arrangements are in place for Jonah to be transferred to Altnagelvin hospital on the 10th August to Ward 6. Jonah will be 10 months old on this date. This will take a lot of stress out of travelling to Belfast everyday,” said Moira.

Moira and Darron want to thank everyone who helped organise and who supported a fundraiser on June 27 at Limavady Rugby Club.

“We really appreciate all the work that went into the fundraising event that was organised by family members and friends. It’s so heart warming that they wanted to help us and our son Jonah. The support we received was amazing. The doors opened at 9pm and people kept arriving. There was a great atmosphere with people on the dance floor all night! A ‘Jonah McMichael fund’ bank account was opened at Danske Bank and collection boxes were placed at local business in the town for those who couldn’t attend the disco. The amount raised is £3,945. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us and Jonah. It is overwhelming how the local community got together on this.

“Jonah requires a specialised car seat which will be bought from donated money. We will use some money for travelling to and from the hospital,” explained Moira. “We have no idea when Jonah will get home as we have to move house as our house is not suitable for Jonah’s needs and we are waiting on a care package from the Western Health and Social Care Trust. We stay positive and feel truly blessed that Jonah is keeping so well and we hope everything else falls into place.”