Monday 11 December 2017

Hurler hit by taxi 'showing signs of recovery'

Graham Clifford

A 27-year-old hurler who was knocked down after a night out in London last July and suffered serious injuries is starting to show signs of significant progress.

Tony Hogan (pictured) from Lorrha, Co Tipperary, left the Irish-owned Swan pub in Stockwell in the early hours of July 23 and was hit by a black cab.

Less than two weeks earlier, he celebrated the London hurlers' Christy Ring cup success in Croke Park as a member of the Exiles' panel.

Tony, a quantity surveyor, sustained major injuries to his head and limbs and broke his pelvis in two places. Initially doctors feared brain damage, but his girlfriend Sinead Kennedy told the Irish Independent that he had improved in recent days.

Ability

"He's able to use a walking-aid a bit and his speaking has also improved. There's still a way to go in terms of his ability to communicate but he can text, which is amazing really."

In the last week Tony, who plays for the Brothers Pearse club in London, has been able to eat solid food for the first time since his horrendous accident.

His mother Susan has been at his bedside since the accident, while members of his GAA clubs in both Tipperary and London have organised benefit events.

"There was no movement from him for about three weeks but thankfully the prayers were answered," she said yesterday.

Tony works for the Ardmore Group, which has promised to keep his job open for him.

Irish Independent

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