Wednesday 21 February 2018

'We got our Jamie back' - Family joy as knife victim (22) makes miracle recovery

Scene of the stabbing in Castlecomer and inset Corina Hennessy and brother Jamie
Scene of the stabbing in Castlecomer and inset Corina Hennessy and brother Jamie
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A young man left fighting for life after he was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and body at a party has made a miracle recovery and is now being returned to his native county.

Doctors had to resuscitate Jamie Hennessy (22) twice after he was knifed at a party in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny on Saturday, August 19.

Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Stab victim Jamie Hennessy

He was taken to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny but later moved to the Mater Hospital in Dublin where doctors feared that he might not survive.

Mr Hennessy remained on life support for over two weeks with his mother Sandra maintaining a bedside vigil throughout his treatment.

Now his sister Corina has told Independent.ie that Jamie has recovered enough and he can now be brought back to St Luke's hospital.

"He's doing well," Ms Hennessy said. "All his wounds are healing nicely. He's off the oxygen and he's awake and trying to talk to us. His voice is slow to come back but he's improving day by day."

Corina Hennessy
Corina Hennessy

She continued: "He's completely out of danger, off the life support and well on his way to recovery. We got our Jamie back."

Ms Hennessy said the family are proud of her brother's fighting spirit.

"He put up an incredible fight and has made his way back to us."

Three men were arrested in connection with the stabbing but all were subsequently released without charge. Last month Independent.ie revealed that one of these men was previously arrested for the cold case murder of Gerry Nolan while a second man was arrested over the fatal stabbing of Kieran Monahan in 2012.

Gardai are investigating if the attack was in connection with the murder of Mr Nolan whose caravan was set on fire while he was locked inside in 2006.

Jamie Hennessy, who was just 11 at the time of that attack, had no involvement in the murder of Gerry Nolan.

His girlfriend Jessie Connell previously told Independent.ie that the stabbing was in connection to a dispute over a €20 mobile phone.

Ms Connell also revealed how she dragged Mr Hennessy from the home where they were drinking while two men repeatedly stabbed him.

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