Monday 23 October 2017

Community rallies behind 'seriously ill' hurling star: 'Doctors thought it was a chest infection'

Rory is currently being treated in Temple Street Children's Hospital
Rory is currently being treated in Temple Street Children's Hospital
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The family of a young hurling star who is currently seriously ill in hospital has thanked the local community for its overwhelming support.

Rory Whelan (13), from Fethard-on-Sea in Co Wexford, is currently being treated in Temple Street Children's Hospital having been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) three weeks ago.

GBS is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

Doctors initially thought he had a chest infection but his condition quickly deteriorated and he is now under heavy sedation as he receives treatment for the illness.

Rory is a member of the U-14 Wexford panel and is considered to be "outstandingly" talented.

His aunt, Ann Marie Bates, set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help raise money for his rehabilitation.

"His local school and the GAA club have also done other fundraisers, we're very thankful for the support," she told Independent.ie.

Speaking to the Wexford Echo earlier this week, Ms Bates said people in the community had been asking her to set up the Go Fund Me page so they could donate.

Rory, who is a sixth class student, became ill before the Easter bank holiday.

Up until then, he had been "running around and training" as normal.

He was admitted to Wexford General Hospital before being transferred to Temple Street.

His family are currently staying in Dublin and are hoping for his condition to improve in the coming weeks.

You can donate to Rory's cause at https://www.gofundme.com/rorys-road-to-recovery.

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