A YOUNG musician who was left critically injured after he was hit by a Luas tram shortly before Christmas has proved his fighting spirit by waking up from a coma, for a second time.
Adrian Kelly (20) from Tallaght in Dublin woke from his latest coma last month having spent almost four weeks unconscious.
However the determined young drummer had already confounded medical opinion once before, when he woke from a coma following a skateboarding accident as a child.
Thankfully the gifted musician is now stable and awake in hospital, although a full recovery could take several more months.
Mr Kelly suffered serious head injuries when he was struck by a tram on the Red Line close to the Kingswood stop on the night of December 19 last.
He was brought by ambulance to the nearby Tallaght Hospital before being transferred to Beaumont for specialist care.
Doctors warned his mother Marie, father Noel, sister Miriam and brother Frankie that the chances of him pulling through this second time were slim and they initially gave him less than 24 hours to live. The family maintained a vigil at his bedside as he spent weeks in a deep coma.
However their prayers were answered last month when Mr Kelly finally came round.
Despite their fears, Mr Kelly's family never gave up hope that he would pull through.
"When Adrian was younger, he was involved in a bad skateboarding accident. We were told to prepare for the worst, but he pulled through that time as well," explained Marie Kelly.
Luas operators, Veoila Transport, is currently investigating the incident.