Patrick Sharrock works on home-school lesson. (Courtesy: Times Free Press)
ROSSVILLE (TFP/WRCB) - With an indoor pool, a secret passageway and superhero murals covering an entire wall, 10-year-old Patrick Sharrock lives in a kid's dream home.
It's a dream come true for his parents, too, since Patrick hasn't broken a single bone -- at home -- during the year the Sharrock family has lived in a specially equipped Rossville residence, which those in the area rallied to build for an episode of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" TV series on ABC.
That injury-free year at home is remarkable because Patrick -- who suffers from brittle-bone disease -- is so achingly fragile that he recently fractured two leg bones when he tripped on an uneven sidewalk.
"They snapped even before he hit the ground," said his father, Michael Sharrock.
The two new breaks brings Patrick's lifetime total to 61 broken bones.
"He's had a rough life, but this is helping," Michael said of the 3,000-square-foot home equipped with such features as heated cork flooring in Patrick's bedroom and his homeschool classroom. The flooring is easier on Patrick's joints when his illness forces him to crawl instead of walk.
At an adult's knee height are an extra set of light switches, shelving and a tiny kitchen sink for those painful days, while an indoor therapy pool provides Patrick the safest form of exercise.
But Patrick is focused on other elements of his home.
"I can say one thing -- it's big!" he said during a recent tour of his bedroom.
Despite his illness, Patrick is a cheerful, irrepressible bundle of energy who was eager to share the escapades of Ultraman and Electroguy, two comic book characters he created.
"You may flip through my comic books. You guys can feel free to read all of them," he said.
Michael remembers he and his wife Cindy had one major request when they talked to the show's producers: "Just make a house that's going to help Patrick."
"This home is 100 times better than what we had," he said.
Thursday, July 27 2017 9:44 PM EDT2017-07-28 01:44:12 GMT
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