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Friday 20 September 2019

Brave Jack's seasonal wish is to be home by new year

Homeward bound: Jack O’Driscoll
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A young sportsman left paralysed by a fall into a snow drift during Storm Emma has vowed that he will now fulfil his life ambitions sitting down rather than standing.

Jack O'Driscoll (20) mad the pledge as he admitted he was thrilled at being able to move back to his native Cork from a specialist Dublin hospital after nine months of intensive treatment. He said his Christmas wish is to be able to move back to his Mayfield home permanently by February.

"Whatever happened has happened," he said.

"But I can still go out and achieve whatever I ever wanted to achieve. Fair enough - I got the injury and I have been left in a wheelchair.


"But I can go on and do whatever I want to in life - I am just going to do it sitting down instead of standing up."

Jack's home is now the focus of a campaign to refurbish it, making it wheelchair-friendly.

He was the focus of a special GoFundMe appeal which raised €139,380 in the space of nine months. He was also a beneficiary of the Liam Miller memorial charity match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last September, with €100,000 from the match's €1.5m proceeds going to the Jack O'Driscoll Fund.

"I am trying to get a little bit more independence back every single day. My ultimate aim is to be able to push a manual wheelchair," he said.

Irish Independent

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