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Sunday 19 November 2017

GAA player awakens from two months coma in San Francisco Reporters

A footballer who was injured in a GAA match in San Francisco in June has woken from a coma.

Mark McGovern (22), from Fermanagh, received a serious head injury in an off-the-ball incident while playing for Ulster GAA in a West Coast game.

The incident is being investigated by the local GAA and the San Francisco police department.

His parents Danny and Josie and his sisters Connie, Helen and Grace and his uncle Bernard had flown out to be at his bedside.

In a Facebook statement, and carried on his Fermanagh club’s website, Grace McGovern said her brother has regained consciousness and is fully aware of his surroundings and everyone around him.

"Mark is yet to talk but has been trying to lip words in order to communicate with us. Mark has attempted a few steps with assistance," she wrote.

San Francisco police have called on spectators and witnesses to come forward.

Two such witnesses, an umpire and one of Mr McGovern’s team-mates, have told police that they saw an opposing player stand over him and say: “you won’t get up from that”.

The player in question has been identified but no arrests have been made.

Mr McGovern, a student, had travelled to San Francisco on a J1 visa to play football for the summer with two other O’Rahilly’s Belcoo team-mates.

He had arrived just a week before the incident.

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