Wednesday 24 May 2017

Kym needs more surgery on horrific facial injuries

Kym Owens: doesn’t recall anything about incident
Kym Owens: doesn’t recall anything about incident
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

An 18-year-old student who suffered devastating injuries to her head and face in Maynooth last November is facing more surgery on her road to recovery, her family has said.

Kym Owens's father Ray said his daughter had no idea what happened to her that night, but was "up and about" after months in hospital.

Kym is from Co Monaghan but was living in Maynooth, Co Kildare, while studying in university there. She was found on the footpath at the entrance to the Moyglare Abbey estate on the night of November 20.

The alarm was raised when neighbours heard a scream, and they found Kym with critical injuries which included broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and a broken nose. Kym also lost several teeth in the incident.

She was in an induced coma at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for many weeks after the incident and gardaí launched an investigation into what they suspected was an assault.

However, another theory later emerged that Kym may have suffered her injuries because of a heavy fall onto her face.

"Kym is making a good recovery but is still facing more surgery," her father said. "She is not back at college yet but is up and about. She still doesn't remember anything of the incident," he added.

Gardaí say a full investigation is ongoing into how Kym suffered her injuries.

Irish Independent

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