Wednesday 20 September 2017

Attack victim in coma moved closer to family

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A YOUNG man left in a coma after he was attacked while walking his girlfriend home has been moved to a high dependency unit in Galway.

Shane Grogan (23), from Tuam, has been in a coma since the attack two months ago. After undergoing two brain surgeries in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, he has been moved back to University Hospital Galway to be closer to his family.

However, he has so far failed to regain consciousness and there has been little improvement in his condition. His father, Joe, said the family was braced for a long wait.

"We have had bits of movement but it's very, very slow. With the help of God it will keep going in the right direction," he said.

Shane's sister Sarah, who is studying at Wolverhampton University, flew home yesterday to take part in a special Mass for her brother in Tuam.

Shane was walking his girlfriend Aggie home in the early hours of Sunday, August 5, when he was attacked. An 18-year-old Dubliner, Shane Byrne, who had been living in Tuam has been charged with assault causing harm in relation to the incident.

The family have expressed thanks to all the people from around the country who have contacted them to offer prayers and support, including Shane's colleagues at Merit Medical in Galway, where he is a member of the accounts staff.

Irish Independent

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