Mum tells Joshua’s tale

Julie and Joshua Butler with their book. (d23051202)

THE mum of a boy who made a miraculous recovery after being knocked down outside school has written a book about the experience.

Julie Butler’s son Joshua, eight, was hit by a car outside Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School in September last year.

He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious head injuries, where his parents were told to expect the worst.

Joshua was given life saving surgery and within days was sitting up in bed asking for his mummy.

Doctors were amazed at Joshua’s miracle recovery.

Now Julie has put pen to paper and written about Joshua’s accident and the effect on her family to raise money for charity.

She said: “I wrote the book when I was struggling to come to terms with everything. You don’t just get over something like that overnight.

“I decided to put pen to paper to help me, and for Joshua when he is older. It’s about what happened and all the help and support from friends and family and the emergency services.

“It’s something good to come out of what happened. In a way I can’t believe we have gone through it all.”

The proceeds from the book will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Sick Children’s Trust, two charities who helped Joshua and his family after his accident.

Julie said: “Nobody knows when they might need these charities and they make such a difference to so many people.

“I would like to say thank you to everybody for all their help, including Crossroads Truck and Bus Limited and Howard Cook MBE from Ponderosa, who both sponsored the book.”

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