Sunday 18 August 2019

'He has a long road ahead' - over €40K raised for GAA fan who is in critical condition after falling into canal

Jason McGann remains in critical condition in hospital
Jason McGann remains in critical condition in hospital

Caroline Crawford

A GALWAY community has rallied around the family of a young hurling fan who sustained devastating injuries as he celebrated his county’s All Ireland appearance - raising over €40,000 for his care.

Jason McGann remains in a critical condition in St James’ hospital more than two months after he was pulled unconscious from the Grand Canal on the eve of the All Ireland Hurling Final on September 2.

While he was taken out of his induced coma in September, Jason remains unable to communicate with his family and must be fed through a tube.

He has only limited movement in his hands and one foot.

The 23-year-old from Bullaun in Loughrea will need extensive treatment and rehabilitation in the coming months.

“While he’s conscious we don’t know how much brain damage he may have suffered. He’s unable to speak at the moment and we don’t think he can see. We’re hopeful, but he has a long road ahead and a very uncertain future,” said Tommy Fox, a member of the Friends of Jason McGann fundraising committee.

As a result his local community have dug deep to support Jason and his family.

“We got an absolutely massive response to our fundraising. We had a fundraising dance over the weekend and raised €20,000,” added Mr Fox.

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Members of the victorious Galway senior hurling team attended the event including Joe Canning, David Burke, Cathal and Pádraic Mannion, John Hanbury, Éanna Burke, James Skehill and Joseph Cooney.

The committee had previously held a door to door collection in the community raising a further €20,000.

“He’ll need every cent of the money we raise. He was in an induced coma for the first two weeks and since he’s come out of that somebody needs to be with him 24/7 because he becomes restless and pulls out his tubes,” added Mr Fox.

Jason’s parents Dermot and Tina and sister Chloe along with aunts and uncles have been taking it in turns to stay with him while his younger brothers Keith and Ian are being cared for by their grandmother in Galway.

The family have also paid tribute to the couple who pulled Jason from the water at Portobello.

“This couple are heroes to the McGann family. They heard a cry and a splash and she jumped in and managed to pull Jason out and the man performed CPR. His heart had stopped but they brought him back,” added Mr Fox.

  • Donations to the Friends of Jason McGann account can be made via AIB in Loughrea using IBAN: IE68AIBK93742819354023 and BIC: AIBKIE2D

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