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Irish horse groom (24) left paralysed after fatal car collision in Florida

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Elaine O'Halloran

Elaine O'Halloran

Elaine O'Halloran

A 24-year-old Irish woman has been left paralysed after she was seriously injured in a fatal car collision in Florida.

Elaine O'Halloran, from Co Sligo, was the lone survivor of the car crash that occurred in Wellington, Florida on November 25.

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Elaine O'Halloran, from Co Sligo

Elaine O'Halloran, from Co Sligo

Elaine O'Halloran, from Co Sligo

Two Americans who were travelling in the same car tragically passed away in the incident.

Horse lover Elaine had been working in the US for the past two years as a groom for Co Clare show jumper David Blake at Pine Hollow Stables.

Elaine's employer has launched a massive fundraising campaign for Elaine, who broke her spine in two places in the accident.

Elaine's sister Jean told Independent.ie that her family is grateful for the fundraising campaign as Elaine didn't have medical insurance.

"We're hoping to raise $500,000 for Elaine's treatment. We've been so shocked by how kind people have been with their donations. It's really heartwarming.

"Elaine had to undergo a six-hour spinal reconstruction surgery but she is doing better now and is in rehabilitation. Because she broke her spine in two places she is currently paralysed from the abdomen down but she has felt some sensation in her leg and toes so we're hopeful that she will be able to walk again."

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Elaine and Jean O'Halloran

Elaine and Jean O'Halloran

Elaine and Jean O'Halloran

Elaine is hoping to complete her rehabilitation programme in the US, but then wants to return home to Ireland.

"She had been planning on coming home last week for a visit but after the accident she wants to stay in the US and get the best rehabilitation treatment she can get. She is looking to come home to Ireland soon though."

Jean, who was working in South America at the time of the accident, said she'll never forget receiving the devastating news that her sister had been seriously injured.

"I was in absolute shock. I sat for the whole day in a daze. You never ever think that something like this would happen to your own sister.

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"Hopefully Elaine will recover soon. She is in good spirits but of course she has her down moments. She loves working with horses so hopefully she'll be able to do that again soon."

You can donate to Elaine's GoFundMe page here


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