17:56 Tuesday 04 February 2014

Gran prays teen will be home for summer

Written bySARAH BOULD

THE grandmother of a teenager who has been in hospital since August 2012 recovering from a brain condition is positive doctors will allow him home in the summer.

Jonathan Monaghan, now 18, was struck down with a catastrophic brain condition in 2012 that robbed him of his ability to speak and the use of his right arm and leg. An abscess had ruptured inside his brain, leading to him needing brain surgery and extensive therapy.

Maureen Stone, 69, of Devon Close, has raised Jonathan since the death of his mother Marie nine years ago and said he is now on the road to recovery. She is hoping doctors will say he can come home in August – three years after he was first admitted to hospital.

He is yet to have another brain operation behind his eyes before he can fully recover.

Maureen, who suffered a stroke 10 weeks ago, said: “I thought he was going to die. They said it would take him three years to get better and it will be three years in August.

“I can see a difference in him – he’s happy. He’s not crying to come home but he does have difficulty remembering things.

“As a grandma it made me really cry about him. I miss him and I find it hard to explain to him since I had a stroke.”

Before his illness Jonathan was a keen angler. Maureen said it was his life and when he left school he wanted to work with water.

She said: “Really, honest to god, it kills me. He was so happy before this happened. He was ready to go to work.

“Now he has good days and bad days. Every day he is working on his speech. He has not been speaking properly for three years. He is doing so well.”

Maureen wants to thank everybody - including Paulet High School, where Jonathan was a pupil – for their support.

She said: “People keep coming and knocking to see how he is and bringing things round – you should see his room.”

Jonathan was moved a few months ago from Derby Royal Hospital to a hospital in Wolverhampton.

Maureen, who has raised 13 children, visits him as often as she can despite recovering from a stoke, and the high travel costs.

She hopes to be able to take him on holiday to Butlins in the summer, once he has returned home.

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