AN 89-year-old woman who was attacked during a terrifying robbery at her home may never leave hospital again.
Isa Arthur and her sister, Susannah, were robbed on July 3 after three men forced their way into their home in Co Donegal.
Susannah, right, was flung viciously to the ground and ended up breaking her hip at the sisters' farmhouse in Feddyglass, Raphoe.
Isa (91) didn't suffer any serious injuries but was very shaken up following the ordeal. It was the sixth attack on their home.
The women's nephew, Joe McKean, said that Susannah, who was very independent despite her age, may never be released from Letterkenny General Hospital due to her injuries.
"She was a very independent woman prior to this callous attack but she might never make a full recovery," he told the 'Pat Kenny Show' on RTE.
"As we know, at her age any ailment is harder to shake off than that of a younger person, but to sustain such an injury at her age will probably result in Suzy being in hospital until she dies.
"It's very sad to see the damage caused by these despicable cowards."
Isa said she misses her sister terribly.
"I try to get in to see her but I am not young either. It has always been the two of us and now this has happened.
"I can just hope that Suzy gets out and that we can get back to living our lives together."
It is believed it was the same men who called to the women's home earlier on the day of the attack asking if they wanted their house painted. Isa kindly gave the men a drink of water but refused them entry to the house when they asked to use the phone.
Gardai think the men did not realise there was a second sister in the house. No arrests have been made but gardai say their investigation is still very much a live one.