Sunday 18 February 2018

Irishman in 'fight for life' after head-on collision in Australia

Thomas O'Flaherty (27) from Kilmore Quay in Wexford
Thomas O'Flaherty (27) from Kilmore Quay in Wexford

David Tucker

A 27-year-old Irishman man is in 'the fight of his life' after being seriously injured in a head-on collision between a car and a lorry in Australia.

Thomas O'Flaherty was alone in his car when it was in collision with a lorry during a journey from Sydney to Brisbane, last Thursday.

Mr O'Flaherty is from Kilmore Quay in Wexford.

'He was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries,' said his father James, who flew to Australia to be at his son's bedside at the John Hunter Hospital, in Newcastle, in New South Wales.

Thomas, he said, was in 'the fight of his life'.

The 27-year-old has been living in Australia for the past four or five years, working as a medical engineer at a laboratory in Brisbane.

'He is still in a coma, he hasn't woken up yet,' said Mr O'Flaherty, 'I can't say for definite what the outcome will be, hopefully it will be good.'

Mr O'Flaherty said Thomas had 'extensive' injuries, but did not want to comment further on them.

'I travelled over, his mother travelled, his brother Finbar travelled over and his other brother Seamus is here too. He's living in Australia,' said Mr O'Flaherty, 'remember Thomas in your thoughts and prayers'.

Finbar wrote in his Facebook page that 'due to his amazing willpower, strength and the skill of the surgeons, (Thomas) has managed to keep himself alive.. all his vital signs are continuing to improve.

'As a family we have been overwhelmed with all the messages of support and good wishes for Tom and we are so grateful.'

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