Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family Says Thanks for Support as Boro Legend Gary Returns Home from Hospital

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family Says Thanks for Support as Boro Legend Gary Returns Home from Hospital

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Byline: BETHANY LODGE bethanylodge1@trinitymirror.com @bethlodge1

FORMER Boro legend Gary Parkinson is back home after a serious health scare which landed him in hospital.

His son, Luke, has spoken to The Gazette about his family's ordeal, the day after his dad was released.

He said that it was a "scary time" that saw Gary contract an infection through the "peg" in his stomach which allows him to eat.

Gary then battled pneumonia, but has now been given the all-clear and is home with his family.

Luke, 23, said yesterday: "He came out yesterday which was a lot quicker than we expected.

"The peg that went into his stomach had created a hole.

"It could have been quite serious if we hadn't gone to hospital soon enough.

"He got a bit of pneumonia. It did get a bit scary, but they make them tough in Middlesbrough!" And Luke said it's thanks to the support from Boro fans that Gary, 48, is now fit and well again.

Gary was part of Middlesbrough's legendary 1986 squad that brought the club back from the brink of liquidation.

Six years ago, he suffered a stroke that resulted in locked-in syndrome, leaving him only able to use his eyes.

He is a firm fan favourite, and the family has been inundated with messages of support for "Parky".

Luke said: "My dad is one of their own, and it has given him a boost.

"He was looking at all the messages in hospital. It was really nice.

"We want to thank everyone for all the messages. We can't thank them enough.

"He used to say 'no one is bothered about me' when he finished playing, but he has been proved wrong!

"He always follows all his clubs and watches them when he can.

"He's expecting Boro to stay up this season, if not challenge for the top half.

"Steve Gibson has been great, he always messages my mum to see how he's getting on."

Gary was in Salford Royal Hospital for two weeks before he was allowed home to continue his recovery.

Doctors may have to operate further, which can be dangerous because it involves replacing the peg that's embedded in his stomach.

But the first thing on Gary's mind when he was in hospital was when he would be allowed home. …

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