THE FAMILY of a young man who was assaulted and left in a coma more than a year ago plan to take him out of hospital and care for him at home.
Shane Grogan (24) from Tuam, Co Galway, was seriously injured after suffering head injuries while walking his girlfriend home in the early hours of August 5, 2012.
"There has been no improvement. His eyes are open and he is awake, but there is no recognition. There is sometimes a small reaction to music therapy but it is not constant," explained his father Joe.
His family now plan to build an apartment on to their home where they want Shane to be cared for into the future.
A Facebook account has received huge support from the public, with over 3,500 supporters. Friends are also collecting football jerseys, including jerseys signed by Ryan Giggs, which will go for auction in December.
Dubliner Shane Byrne, who had been living in Tuam, has been charged with assault causing harm in relation to the incident.
He has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this year.
A 'Care for Shane' account has been set up in St Jarlath's Credit Union, Tuam, where donations can be made to Account No 496900.
- Caroline Crawford