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UPDATE: Patrick Sharrock headed home from hospital

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Patrick Sharrock works on his home-school lesson. Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press Patrick Sharrock works on his home-school lesson. Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press

UPDATE: Patrick Sharrock is headed home from the hospital. 

He still has some medical issues, but the family will be home for Thanksgiving. 

The Patrick Sharrock Benefit Fund will remain open at First Volunteer Bank, only raising less than $500 so far.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A young boy whose family in Rossville was featured on an episode of  "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in 2011, remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit.

13-year-old Patrick Sharrock broke both of his legs and was flown to Kentucky for surgery. While there, doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and he is in ICU with fluid in his lungs and on a respirator.

He suffers from brittle-bone disease.

Patrick has been inspiring his community even before his home was part of the Big Hearts Build home makeover.

"If you have ever been around him, for even a minute, he'll steal your heart," said family friend Leisa Kibble.

Now, some of those community members want to tell the Sharrock family just how much Patrick means to them.

"He's just a little boy that can steal your heart, so special, I don't think you'll ever see another one like that," said Tammy Ives.

Family friends we talked to all say Patrick Sharrock is full of life and he's a fighter.

Tammy Ives first met his family on a shopping trip for produce. It grew to become a life-long friendship, she was by the family's side during the home makeover's big reveal.

"He wants to be independent, and he's overcome so much already, and in my heart I feel like he can overcome this. That is a strong little boy."

Patrick was first hospitalized after breaking both legs, but before doctors can treat the broken bones, they first have to stabilize his heart and lungs.

"The hurdle to get over is that he's got fluid in his lungs, pneumonia, and his heart is having a hard time," Kibble said, "Because of the fluid that pulling, the lungs and the heart work so close together."
    
His parents, Cindy and Michael, have been asking the community for prayers.

"This morning Cindy said that the prayers that they've been begging for are definitely working, he was alert through sign language and writing notes to his parents he knew they were there," Kibble said.

Leisa Kibble wants to make sure the family focuses on Patrick and not their medical bills.
    
She started "The Patrick Sharrock Benefit Fund" to raise money that will go directly to the family.

She is also passing along a message from Patrick, who wrote a note for anyone worried about him.

"He wrote his mom and dad a note and he said tell them that I'm fine and that I'm not giving up, and that I love my community and thank you to everybody, and then he sent a thumbs up," Kibble said.

People hoping to help can donate at any First Volunteer Bank to "The Patrick Sharrock Benefit Fund."

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