Wednesday 18 October 2017

Young GAA star wakes up from coma following horrific car crash and immediately targets hurling return

Limerick U-21 hurler Daragh Fanning has made a miraculous recovery after waking up from a coma following a horrific car crash.
Limerick U-21 hurler Daragh Fanning has made a miraculous recovery after waking up from a coma following a horrific car crash.

David Raleigh

A young GAA player who is making a miraculous recovery after waking up from a coma following a horrific crash is hoping to be back in action for the first round of this year's hurling Championship.

Limerick U-21 hurler Daragh Fanning, who won a Munster Championship medal last year, smashed both jawbones after his car left the road and crashed into a wall last Monday.

Daragh, who is a cousin of ex-Munster and Ireland rugby hero John 'Bull' Hayes, was rushed to hospital and placed in a coma by doctors following initial concerns he may have suffered serious brain damage.

However, in the past few days, the lucky sportsman has come out of his coma and is communicating well with doctors and family.

A family spokesperson said his loved they were "really concerned about brain damage" but are delighted he is now showing great sign of a full recovery.

"The family are very relieved. As I said we were all very worried about damage to his brain, but broken bones can be fixed."

Daragh underwent surgery on Tuesday to fix his jawbones, however doctors are said to be happy with his progress.

The crash occurred near Cappamore, Co Limerick, at around 1am last Monday, when the car being driven by Daragh, 18, hit a wall. It's belived fog may have played a part in the incident.

Daragh, is also a star player for Bruff RFC and has also played representative rugby for Munster. His twin brother Brian is another rising sports star, and features regularly for the Irish U-20 rugby team.

"They both just turned 18 and they are both super athletes. They're first cousins of John Hayes, so yeah you could say sport is in their blood," said representative of the Bruff rugby club.

Daragh and Brian contracted meningitis when they were six years old but miraculously both made full recoveries. Their sister Aoife, (20), who was born weighing just 760 grams was given low odds of survival. After suffering several set backs she eventually pulled through following heart surgery performed by the late Dr Maurice Nelligan.

Aoife, who has participated in the Dublin Horse Show nearly died in a fall from a pony when she was 13.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader today (Thursday) Daragh's father, Jim, said his son was "brave".

"He is tough. He actually looked to get up this morning, he got out of bed and he sat out on the chair. He said he was ‘sick from lying on the bed’," said Jimmy.

"He is writing and texting and says he hopes to be back for the first round of the championship," he added.

Sergeant Mick Divilly, Bruff Garda Station, appealed for witnesses to contact them on 061-382940.

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