SOUTH GLEN FALLS, New York (WNYT) – In South Glens Falls, New York, grateful and relieved are only some of the words that describe how John and Michelle DeLuca are feeling these days.
The DeLuca’s little boy, Noah, is back home, continuing to recover from a freak backyard accident that injured two other children as well earlier this month.
Noah isn’t ready to go on camera just yet. For now, his parents want to keep him away from the media spotlight.
On Thursday afternoon, Noah’s parents wheeled him out of their house in a red wagon, the child’s jaw still wired shut, and large casts still on both arms. At times Noah also wore a wide smile on his face.
He also said that he can’t wait to resume playing t-ball, street hockey, and other things that little boys love to do.
Minor bumps and bruises are things all parents expect will inevitably happen to their children while growing up, but there isn’t a parent alive who’d ever expect their child to fall to the ground from an inflatable bounce house that inexplicably took flight from their backyard.
“I was confused, angry, and sad,” Michelle DeLuca said, “I was going through a grieving process.”
Michelle says Noah is eating better and walking better since coming home from the hospital, and he’s also in good spirits.
“There’s not enough words to say how happy we are and thankful,” said John DeLuca.
One thing the DeLuca’s are especially thankful for was the medical treatment they received at Albany Medical Center.
“They gave us a lot of help when we were discharged,” Michelle recalls, “They worked on him very well. I’m happy with the outcome.”
The caring and kindness didn’t end when Noah came home. Beginning this weekend, there are several events scheduled to raise money for the DeLuca’s and other children injured in the accident.