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Parents grateful, relieved after bounce house incident

Updated: 05/30/2014 11:42 AM
Created: 05/29/2014 6:54 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Levy

SOUTH GLENS FALLS - In South Glens Falls, 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.

Six year old 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.

On Sunday, June 1st at the South Glens Falls Fire House, Station Two, there'll be a car wash with 100% of the proceeds going to the families.

The same day, at Mr. Bill's Car Hop, there's an ice cream fundraiser with 50% of the ice cream sales from noon til 4:00 p.m. going to the families.

"I'm sure if I had a problem, they'd be here for me," said Jerry LaBarr, the new owner of Mr. Bill's. "People help everybody in South Glens Falls and that's what we want to do and we're a family oriented business too."

On Thursday, June 5th, the Recovery Sports Grill in Queensbury will donate 15% of their sales to the cause.

"It's just amazing for everything they're doing and coming through," John DeLuca asserts, "We never could have imagined the support we have up here."

Even though the DeLuca's believe there was an angel looking down on their son, they're still trying to figure out how something like this could have happened in the first place.

"When it did happen, that was exactly my thought," Michelle says, "Why did it happen to my son, but why would it happen to anyone's child?"

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