Saturday 22 October 2016

Young mum left for dead after 'hit-and-run' being woken from coma

Published 17/05/2016 | 08:51

Siobhan Geraghty
Siobhan Geraghty

Doctors have begun waking a young mum left for dead after a hit-and-run incident nine days ago - her brother has revealed.

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Mother-of-one Siobhan Geraghty (35) was seriously injured near her home in Clonsilla shortly after taking a taxi home from a night out in Dublin on May 8.

She was rushed to Connolly Hospital but later moved to Beaumont Hospital where she has remained in a coma.

Doctors had to remove a portion of her skull to relieve the pressure on her brain.

But writing on Facebook yesterday her brother Senan Geraghty said the family have finally received some good news.

He wrote that his sister’s progress “so far has been positive”.

“They've begun the process of waking her up so hopefully will be able to speak to her later this week.”

Mr Geraghty went on to thank people for their messages of support and to the ambulance service who he said were on the scene minutes after the accident happened.

“Also to the staff of the ICU in Connolly hospital who were great from the moment she arrived and also Beaumont hospital where they've been outstanding in their care for her and keeping the family updated on her progress.”

He also thanked gardaí who have been in touch with the family numerous times each day.

Ms Geraghty took a taxi to her home at the Lohunda Dale estate in Clonsilla from Harcourt Street at around 3.40am on May 8.

However, the primary school teacher never made it home and was discovered lying unconscious by the road in the Lohunda area.

The road where Siobhan was found is a quiet road within an estate, and there would not have been any traffic at that time.

Neighbours reported hearing "a thud" and then a car speeding from the scene.

A taxi driver was arrested by gardaí at the weekend but later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Gardaí continue to appeal for witnesses in particular anyone who may have been in the Lohunda Estate/Ongar Distributor Road area between 3.15am and 4.15am on Sunday morning May 8, 2016 to contact them at Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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