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Monday 27 February 2017

Priest in fight for his life after being hit by malaria

Brendan Furlong and Conor Kane

A MISSIONARY priest is critically ill after contracting malaria while working in Africa.

Fr Sean Devereux (46), of Tacumshane, south Wexford, was airlifted from Dakar in Senegal to Dublin on Saturday.

As prayer services and Masses are held throughout the Diocese of Ferns for his recovery, the Devereux family is holding a constant vigil at his bedside in Beaumont Hospital. Only immediate family members are permitted to visit Fr Devereux, who is described as "very seriously ill".

Fr Devereux contracted malaria in the Gambia a week ago. His health deteriorated rapidly and he was initially brought to Senegal for treatment in Dakar before being flown by air ambulance to Dublin. His brother-in-law Tommy Doyle said: "He is responding to treatment, but this week has been frightening. The whole family are with him. He is making progress but he is still very seriously ill. He has a long recovery ahead of him."

Fr Devereux has been a missionary priest in the Gambia, where he has set up a number of projects, for the past 11 years.

Irish Independent

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