BRAVE Roisin Halligan who suffered serious burns while protecting her one-year-old cousin in a firebomb attack, has been released from hospital.
It had been thought that Roisin (11) may have to spend up to ten weeks under the constant supervision of doctors after the brutal attack on her grandmother's Waterford home in October.
But the youngster is making a speedy recovery and has been able to leave the hospital just over a month after the incident, the Herald can reveal.
It means that her family will get their wish of having Roisin home for Christmas.
"She's grand now that she's home. She has to go back and get her bandages changed on Monday," Roisin's aunt Danielle Halligan said.
"She can't go back to school yet and she can't go out and play with her friends. She's still in a lot of pain and she's taking painkillers," she added.
Ms Halligan said that despite the injuries, she is generally in good form. However she refuses to go into the sitting room where the attack happened.
"She still won't go into the room, God no. Even if there's something in the room that she wants, she gets someone to go in and get it," she explained.
Luckily Roisin did not have to have any surgery on her face, which is healing well. The schoolgirl had surgery on her arms and legs.
"She had skin grafts on her hands and legs. She was burnt to the bone. She still can't stand up because her legs go on her.
"Her form is well, but sometime she gets upset and stays awake at night crying," Ms Halligan said. "She knows what happened," she added.
Roisin jumped on her little cousin Lexi to shield her when the petrol bomb crashed through the window of the home of her grandmother Nelly Halligan at Ardmore Park, Ballybeg.
Ms Halligan said that one-year-old Lexi was also recovering well.
Both needed emergency treatment for their burns at Cork University Hospital, following the attack.
A three-month-old infant, William Halligan, suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at Waterford Regional Hospital.
The 66-year-old grandmother, who suffers from cancer, managed to fight the blaze with a fire extinguisher.
A man has been charged in court in connection with the attack, including charges of reckless endangerment and criminal damage.
After the incident, Nelly Halligan told the Herald: "I got the extinguisher. I started shouting 'someone - wet towels' but they were all in shock."
Two other young cousins were also in bed at the time of the attack, but escaped serious injuries.
Neighbours said they were horrified by the incident.
Speaking last month, Danielle said that she hoped that her little niece could come home for Christmas.
"I'm stressed out by everything that has been happening.
"The family are hoping Roisin will be well enough to come home for Christmas," she said.
While there is still a long road to recovery for Roisin, the family's wish has come true.