Wednesday 21 February 2018

'Prayers and lighted candles are needed' - GAA star critically injured after being hit by car in the US

Aaron Elliott suffered severe brain trauma, a fractured skill and a fractured elbow
Aaron Elliott suffered severe brain trauma, a fractured skill and a fractured elbow

Kathy Armstrong

A promising young GAA star has been left fighting for his life after he was hit by a car in the US.

Aaron Elliott (22) was found unconscious with serious injuries in Jenkintown, Philadelphia on Saturday.

Aaron, who is from Coalisland in Co Tyrone, suffered severe brain trauma, a fractured skill and a fractured elbow.

He was on Clonoe O'Rahillys GAA team and moved to Philadelphia to play for Kevin Barry's Gaelic Football Club in March, he is said to have already become an "influential member" of the team.

A fundraiser has been set up to help with Aaron's medical bills and those behind it gave an update on Aaron's condition.

A statement on the Go Fund Me page said: "Aaron was found unresponsive without a pulse. With the help of the local police department, who provided CPR until the paramedics arrived, he started to breathe while still unconscious.

"He was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital where he was rushed in for emergency surgery because he suffered a severe compound fracture leaving the elbow shattered.

"Once this was cleaned and covered, he was taken to the neuro critical care unit (surgical trauma) where he stills remains.

Aaron Elliott was seriously injured in the accident
Aaron Elliott was seriously injured in the accident

"Because of a blood clot, leak in the brain, and a fractured skull, he was placed under high sedation. Initially, after a number of CT scans and speaking to various doctors and surgeons, it was found the bleeding got worse leaving him in extreme critical condition.

"After several hours and another CT scan, the bleeding slowed down showing a bruise in the brain, while the clot remained the same.

"On Sunday afternoon, while still heavily sedated, Aaron went through a minor surgery where his compound fracture wound was cleaned. On Tuesday, Aaron had another surgery where they inserted a chest tube to help alleviate stress on his right lung as the left lung had collapsed.

"The current focus is stabilizing Aaron's breathing and assessing his brain function, the reconstruction surgery for his elbow is planned for September 1."

They said that "rest is crucial" for Aaron and that Kevin Barry's GAA arranged flights for two of his family members so they can be by his side.

They said: "Aaron will remain in the hospital for a minimum of six weeks at the recommendation of his neuro surgeon.

"Once he is released from the hospital, Aaron will require intense rehabilitation without health insurance; so any help that you can provide will go towards the extensive care and recovery that Aaron will endure throughout this recovery period." 

Clonoe O'Rahilly's also shared a message on their Facebook on behalf of Aaron's loved ones.

It said: "We very much appreciate all the concern for Aaron since the accident...

"We would also like to thank you all for your best wishes, prayers and lighted candles. All are needed at this time while we await clearer news of Aaron's situation."

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