Big things from patient Michael as sixth published work appears in RJAH League of Friends shop

Release Date: 02/02/2017

Big things from patient Michael as sixth published work appears in RJAH League of Friends shop

A talented patient at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital has published six children's books – two of which are on sale at their League of Friends Shop.

Michael McCarthy, 40, from Weston-under-Redcastle, has received regular treatment at the Oswestry-based hospital since being involved in a serious road accident as a young boy. He suffered a brain injury which left him with a condition known as Object Agnosia. This means he can’t identify what he’s seeing.

His books centre around two dogs, Woodstock and Churchill, which are based on real pets – a golden Labrador owned by Michael and the dog of a friend. In their latest title, ‘Owzzatt!!’, the pair get up to all sorts of mischief on the cricket pitch, in a story which also features legend Sir Ian Botham.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Cormac Kelly, who recently met Michael and his parents Cath and Brian, said:  “Michael is a remarkable young man who continues to work hard for others through various charity events.

“I had a wonderful Christmas sharing this book with my grandchildren.  Michael, despite severe physical disability since childhood, has shown so much energy and creativity over the years and I know there is more to come. He is such an inspiration to us all."

Michael’s physical impairments have not stopped him cycling in tandem from London to Paris, taking part in the London Marathon and helping street children in Africa, not to mention writing six novels.

He also visits schools alongside his father Brian encouraging students to be achieve their dreams.

Dad Brian said: “My wife Cath and I couldn’t be more proud of our son. He’s achieving more in his life than most able-bodied people. He’s my inspiration every day. 

“Mr Kelly has been fantastic support too and I can’t thank the hospital’s League of Friends enough for stocking Michael’s books. He’s overjoyed at the response they are getting.” The Hospital’s League of Friends Manager Victoria Sugden is delighted to be able to stock the two works.

She said: “First of all it’s a brilliant book. It’s beautifully illustrated and it comes from Michael’s own experiences. We are really pleased to support Michael in this way.”

To find out more about the books or Michael, email

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