Monday 18 December 2017

Only a miracle can save 'adventurous' Lisa (22), say family

Lisa Orsi
Lisa Orsi

Kevin Doyle and Paul Healy

The family of a young GAA player fighting for her life in Indonesia say only a miracle can save her.

Lisa Orsi suffered an allergic reaction and collapsed after trekking up a volcano during a holiday last Thursday.

The 22-year-old was rushed to hospital where her parents, Denis and Sharon, have now arrived from their home in Derry.

Her best friend Sinéad McElhinney last night described Lisa as "funny, bubbly, caring and adventurous".

"She always had a smile on her face. It's hard to believe this has happened because she's the most amazing person. Once you met her you would never forget her. She leaves a stamp on your heart," Ms McElhinney told the Irish independent.

Before moving to Singapore Lisa had been a volunteer with HSE Community Games and several other youth groups.

Lisa had spent the last year working as a physiotherapist in Singapore and travelled to Indonesia for a short holiday.

Her uncle, Peter Orsi said: "I spoke with my brother Denis yesterday morning and he said the doctors reduced the level of ventilation Lisa is getting down to a level where her brain should have kicked in the natural instinct to breathe. But this didn't happen with Lisa.

"This reveals the level of activity in the brain, so really it is the worst possible news we could have had. Really our only hope is a miracle." The young woman, who played GAA with the Singapore Gaelic Lions, had planned to return home later this year to study medicine.

She had surprised her family by returning home at Christmas.

"She had pretended to be still in Singapore and Skyped her dad.

"He was getting so frustrated because the connection was lost, but then Lisa walked in the door and he could not have been happier," her uncle said.

Before returning back to Singapore she posted a poignant note to on Facebook.

"I hate goodbyes! So after all the tears, I can finally say that I had a great Christmas at home. Can't believe it's over so fast! Thanks to all the fam, my gals and to everyone else who made it that extra special.

"May 2015 bring greater things to everyone! For another year or so, later Ireland - hellooooo Singapore!" she wrote.

So far friends in Derry and Donegal have helped raise over €22,000 to help the family.

Irish Independent

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