Saturday 24 February 2018

Irish schoolboy Sean Scully (7) on road to recovery after horror gun attack

Gillian and Karl Scully with Sean, who was shot by accident
Gillian and Karl Scully with Sean, who was shot by accident
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A brave youngster has returned home from hospital following a gun attack that left the little boy paralysed from the chest down.

Sean Scully (7) was gunned down while he was playing with his friends outside his home in Cherry Orchard in Dublin.

The little boy was hit in the spine with a stray bullet in a botched murder bid on a man on June 13 last.

Sean, a St Ultan's junior school pupil, has undergone intensive treatment and therapy for his injuries at the National Rehabillitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

Sean Scully with footballer Rio Ferdinand
Sean Scully with footballer Rio Ferdinand

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On his return to his Croftwood Grove home last week, Sean was welcomed back with a big family bash to celebrate.

Despite early indications from senior medical staff that the boy's chances of full recovery were slim, his mam Gillian said that the football-mad boy is defying expectations and getting stronger every day.

Now medics are hoping that wheelchair-bound Sean may begin to walk again in five or six years time.

Since the attack, Sean's family have received overwhelming support from RTE presenter Joe Duffy and their local community.

During his stay at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, Sean was also visited by former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand.

The gunman involved in the attack still remains at large.

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