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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Perth pool victim put in coma

Ryan Croker (25) was injured in the freak accident in Perth over two weeks ago
Ryan Croker (25) was injured in the freak accident in Perth over two weeks ago

A young man who sustained a serious spinal injury while jumping into a pool has been placed in an induced coma.

Ryan Croker (25) from Moycullen, Co Galway, suffered serious neck and back injuries after jumping into a shallow pool at his rented home in Perth, Australia, on January 26.

His mother Kathleen and sister Grace flew out last week and are keeping a vigil by his bedside at the Royal Perth Hospital.

The young construction worker, who had been living in Australia for three years, underwent surgery yesterday to insert a tracheotomy tube to help him breathe.

Aunt Anne Kearns told how the family had been left shattered by the accident but are praying that Ryan will recover.

"He will need a CAT scan and MRI but that won't be for a week or so," she said.

Locals in Galway are now aiming to raise €200,000 to bring Ryan home.

Anybody wishing to donate can do so via the Ryan Croker Benefit Fund on Facebook.

Irish Independent

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