The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle fans should have no doubts that new signing Jonah Gurierez has a big heart – if his childhood is anything to go by.
Jonah Gutierrez – suffered paralysis as a 5 year-old boy
Jonas was named after the biblical Jonah, who lived three days and three nights inside a whale, and survived.
When our Jonas was growing up in Buenos Aires, in the 1980s, his mother noticed something odd about him, and it was worrying for any mother.
Gutierrez, who turned 25 just yesterday, told the Sunday Sun today:
â€œWhen I was a very small boy, I developed a paralysis down the left side of my body.â€
â€œAfter a while, the doctors advised her that I should try to practice some sport or sport as therapy,â€
â€œSo I began to play football.â€
But after a while, what the Argentine doctors had hoped would be a temporary condition, persisted, and it had his mother, Monica Gutierrez, seeking advice on how to help her son overcome the disability.
This all happened back in 1988 when Jonas was just 5 years old, and since then he’s devoted himself to the great game of football.
Gradually Gutierrez was able to overcame his condition, and even in those days, he was a very good player at the junior level, where he started first playing with Estudiantes.
Jonas played junior football for both Argentinos Juniors and River Plate â€” before he signed for Velez Sarsfield, as an 18 year-old, in 2001.
So Jonas has already shown tremendous courage, to be where he is in football, given his troubles as a youngster, and he praises his mother for it all:
â€œItâ€™s all down to my mother.â€
Good for him.
We are really looking forward to seeing Jonas play for Newcastle United.
And we’re also sure that Jonas, his mother Monica, the Newcastle United club, and the tremendous Toon Army, will be only too happy to have Gutierrez be a terrific success on Tyneside .Â 😀
We cannot wait!
It also seems like Jonas is a great role model for the Newcastle youngsters already.