Tuesday 16 July 2019

Funds appeal for teen paralysed in Storm Emma fall

Accident: Jack O’Driscoll
Accident: Jack O’Driscoll

Ralph Riegel

A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise €200,000 for a teenager left paralysed after a freak fall just as Storm Emma was about to hit.

Jack O'Driscoll (19), a keen sportsman, was walking to his Mayfield home in Cork before the storm struck when he suffered a freak fall in the snow and ice.

Tragically, the young man suffered a serious injury to his spine on March 1 which occurred two hours before the worst effects hit the country.

Now, a special GoFundMe appeal has revealed the teen fractured his C5 vertebrae in his neck and faces possibly being left paralysed from the chest down.

The appeal aims to raise €200,000 for Jack to help him with his new medical and living needs.

He is currently being treated at the Mater Hospital, Dublin.

The appeal raised more than €12,000 in its first 19 hours - and supporters have vowed to campaign until it reaches its €200,000 target.

Irish Independent

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