'It's a miracle' - Irish man left brain damaged after suffering cardiac arrest in Canada arrives home
The family of an Irish man who was left brain damaged after a cardiac arrest are "delighted" that he has been returned safely home.
Ciaran Kelly (32), from Bray, Co Wicklow, was living in Vancouver when he suffered a cardiac arrest and his brain was deprived of oxygen.
His devastated family learned that he was in intensive care in a Canadian hospital on St Patrick's Day.
Hours after receiving the news, the Kelly family flew to Vancouver to be with their son, who was on a life-support machine.
However, they were forced to return home as the cost of staying there - and Ciaran's €10,410 per day hospital fees - was too much for them to afford.
For the past several weeks, the family have been fundraising through a Go Fund me page to cover his fees and the cost of a medical aircraft to bring him back home to Ireland.
Ciaran's fund, which had a target of €100,000, has reached almost €75,000 - but the family shared some news on Sunday afternoon.
"We are delighted to tell everyone Ciaran has now arrived home safely to Ireland and is getting all the care he needs," they said.
"He flew back from Vancouver by air ambulance in the early hours of this morning"
The Kelly family have extended their gratitude to all their friends, family and those who donated towards the fund.
"We will never be fully able to thank you for the support, kind words and generosity. Without you this wouldn't have happened as quickly and now to be together as a family is just amazing," they said.
"This will be a long journey and we have to take it day by day but when we look back to 2 weeks ago and see how far we come, it's a miracle".