Thursday 23 October 2014

My Sean (6) will never walk again after gun attack, says mum

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

Sean Scully with footballer Rio Ferdinand
Sean Scully with footballer Rio Ferdinand

The mother of shot schoolboy Sean Scully confirmed last night that medics believe the little boy will never walk again.

The Dublin family said they were "devastated" with Sean remaining paralysed from the chest down since the attack.

"The doctors told us they're pretty sure he won't get any movement back in his legs," Denise Scully said.

The six-year-old boy was hit in the spine with a stray bullet in a botched murder bid on a man near the boy's home in Cherry Orchard in Dublin on June 13 last.

"We're devastated. But we'll just have to stay strong for Sean and all the family," she said.

Ms Scully said that the little boy had managed to keep his lovely personality after the incident, and generally he was "in good spirits."

"At the end of the day, I just thank God that he's alive," said Denise.

"Now, we've just got to keep going. What else can we do," she said.

No one has yet been charged with the shooting.

Ms Scully and the Scully family were attending a benefit night at the Ballyfermot Club last night.

The event was organised by the local Gala Cabs firm.

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She said RTE presenter Joe Duffy, a native of Ballyfermot, was scheduled to draw raffle prizes, which included a holiday for two in Spain.

The gun attack at Croftwood Gardens has seen the local community rally around to lend their support to the brave boy's family. Sean is confined to a wheelchair and continues to receive treatment for his injury.

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in shooting of boy (6) is arrested

He is able to return home on Fridays, but remains in Our Lady' Children's Hospital during the weekend, until the family can install a specialist downstairs room and a get a wheelchair-accessible car.

Superintendent Brendan Connolly made a public plea recently for people to defy threats made against them to keep quiet about the gunmen.

Irish Independent

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