Thursday 8 December 2016

Irishman shot in the head by robbers in South Africa

Tomás Heneghan

Published 21/07/2016 | 02:30

An Irish citizen is currently in a South African hospital after being shot in the head (stock photo)
An Irish citizen is currently in a South African hospital after being shot in the head (stock photo)

An Irish citizen is in a stable but "dangerous" condition in a South African hospital after he was shot in the head two weeks ago.

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Bill Brogan was on his way to work at around 6.30am on July 6 when he was approached by three men outside his home in Walkerville, Johannesburg.

One of the men then shot Mr Brogan in the face before robbing him.

Mr Brogan passed out for a short time, but, remarkably, when he regained consciousness he managed to get back to the doorway to his home.

He was discovered there by his wife Mary and son Conor at about 8am.

Mr Brogan, a 66-year-old grandfather, was taken to Johannesburg's Netcare Union Hospital, where it was discovered the gunshot had shattered his cheekbone and the bullet had entered his brain.

Mr Brogan's son-in-law Denis Kaye described his condition as "improving daily but incrementally".

Mr Kaye said the family does not know if the bullet will be removed due to its sensitive location. However, he said Mr Brogan was "in very good care" and that the doctors were "impressed with his progress".

He added: "We are hopeful that he will recover. We are cautiously optimistic.

"He seems to recognise his family's voices and is trying to engage."

A staggering €19,400 has been raised of the €65,000 the family estimates will be needed for his medical expenses, through a GoFundMe campaign online.

Irish Independent

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