Brave Jack, 12, dies in his sleep

A 12-year-old boy left severely disabled after being hit by a car six years ago has died.

Brave Jack Illand was riding his bike in 2005 when he shot out in front of a car in Ovenden Road, Halifax.

The accident left him quadriplegic, brain-damaged, unable to speak and with impaired vision.

Jack, it has now been learnt, died peacefully in his sleep.

His mother, Linda said: “Jack was a happy boy who was always smiling and laughing.

“Despite him being quadrilegic there was never a dull moment and he was such a brave little boy.

“He never cried, even during his treatment.”

Just two days before he died, Jack, who was a pupil at Lee Mount Primary School, had gone on a family trip to Blackpool zoo, where his family say he had a really enjoyable time.

In 2008, his family took Jack to Mexico for stem cell treatment to replace his dysfunctional cells with healthy new ones because the treatment was not available in the UK.

They also set up the Jack Illand Fund to help pay for his treatment, which raised over £17,000.

Details for the funeral will be announced at a later date.