A YOUNG Irish teacher who was flown home from Dubai after suffering an acquired brain injury just over two years ago has died.
Aisling Brady (29), from Trim, Co Meath, won the hearts of the nation when she tried to sing rugby anthem 'Ireland's Call' from the National Rehabilitation Centre during her initial recovery in Dublin.
Tragically she passed away on Thursday.
Her condition was caused by a pulmonary embolism, resulting from a deep vein thrombosis which had formed in her leg over a period of time, rushing up to her heart and eventually ending up in her lungs.
The Maths and Science post-primary teacher collapsed when she arrived at school in Dubai in November 2017 and hit her head on the floor. While travelling to hospital, she suffered multiple seizures and the first of a number of cardiac arrests on reaching the hospital before having a stroke which caused serious brain damage.
She couldn't speak, eat or see and could only slightly move her arms and legs when she entered the National Rehabilitation Centre.
Her attempts to sing the Rugby anthem was her first big breakthrough in recovery and this led to a visit in hospital by rugby legends Devin Toner and Rhys Ruddock.
People all over the country also came to her help in finding her a specialised wetsuit so she could go swimming on her return to Trim, where she needed 24 hour care at Care Choice last year.
St Joseph's Convent of Mercy in Navan, the school where she taught, confirmed the sad news of her death this evening.
They said in a statement on her Facebook page: "It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing away of our Science, Maths and Physics teacher, Ms Aisling Brady.
"Her struggle over two years ended peacefully on Thursday 5th March 2020. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainm dílis."
She is survived by her parents Terry and Antoinette, siblings Mark Daire, sister-in-law Snow and boyfriend Kristian, grandmother Margaret, teaching staff, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended.
Her funeral will take place at St Patrick's Church, Trim at 3pm on Sunday, followed by burial in St Loman's Cemetery.