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Family 'beyond thankful' as struck toddler slowly recovers

Published 14/04/2015 | 10:49

Dublin's Temple Street Childrens Hospital
Dublin's Temple Street Childrens Hospital

The family of a toddler who was knocked down in the driveway of her grandparents' home last week say they are "beyond thankful" that she is slowly recovering.

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Little Annalise McDonagh suffered serious injuries after she was knocked down by a car at the family home in Kilbannon outside Tuam, Co Galway just over one week ago.

The 16-month-old was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital where she remains sedated and on a ventilator.

However, doctors are pleased with her progress.

Her anxious family have remained in Dublin for the past week to support Annalise's parents Edward and Bernadette, who are the only ones allowed by her bedside.

Her grandfather Michael McDonagh said the family were "beyond thankful" for the progress that the toddler has made.

"The doctors are very happy with how she is doing," he said.

"She is still on the ventilator and they are taking things slowly.

"It's baby steps but things are looking good," he added.

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A brain scan has returned positive results and reflex tests suggest she has feeling in both arms and legs.

"Now we are just waiting for her to be taken off the ventilator," her grandfather said.

"I don't care how long it takes we're just so happy that it has gone this way.

"Her parents are over the moon," he added.

Mr McDonagh praised all the staff at Temple Street for the care they have given Annalise and said that the family would remain in Dublin by her side for as long as it takes.

The little girl was struck in an accident as her uncle reversed a car at the McDonagh home on Monday, April 6.

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