Saturday 20 December 2014

Soccer star back on the ball after miracle coma fight

Greg Harkin

Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30

Oisin Merritt outside Letterkenny Hospital, where he is undergoing rehabilitation
Oisin Merritt outside Letterkenny Hospital, where he is undergoing rehabilitation

An Irish teenage soccer player left in a coma after a holiday island fall has posed with a football to show friends he's making a good recovery.

Finn Harps U19 star Oisin Merritt shocked doctors in Mallorca when he woke up on July 8 - after 31 days in a coma - to ask how Brazil were doing in the World Cup.

Now the 19-year-old from Stranorlar in Co Donegal is undergoing rehabilitation at the Letterkenny Hospital campus.

Proud sister Tasha posted a picture of Oisin with a football outside the hospital.

Oisin posted a 'thank you' on his Facebook page to well-wishers who have raised thousands of euro for his medical care after his fall in the resort of Santa Ponsa in June.

The footballer said he was "absolutely overwhelmed by the support that everyone has given me".

"I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts, prayers and fund-raisers. They really helped me pull through. I am just about to start my long road of rehabilitation but delighted to be back in Ireland. Thanks so much," he said.

The teenager works as a barman in the Villa Rose Hotel in Stranorlar, where fundraising events had helped pay for the Merritt family to be by his bedside.

His recovery shocked Spanish doctors, with sister Tasha saying it was a "miracle".

She said: "We would like to thank everyone from the very bottom of our hearts for the prayers, support and good will over the past few weeks.

"Oisin has a long road of recovery and rehabilitation ahead, but is doing unbelievably well."

Irish Independent

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