Tuesday 12 December 2017

Harte makes remarkable recovery from horror fall

Labour party Senator Jimmy Harte
Labour party Senator Jimmy Harte

Greg Harkin

A POLITICIAN critically injured in a fall in Dublin 13 days ago has made a remarkable recovery and has even managed to eat ice cream.

Senator Jimmy Harte suffered serious head injuries after a fall in Newmarket Square on November 16. He had attended the Ireland v Latvia game at the Aviva Stadium earlier.

It's thought he may have suffered a recurrence of a previous heart complaint, collapsed and hit his head on concrete.

He was rushed to hospital after being found by a passerby at 3am.

The 55-year-old had been in intensive care at Beaumont Hospital since the incident.

However, he was able to open his eyes for the first time yesterday, and has attempted to speak to relatives. He was also able to eat for the first time since the incident, eating some ice cream.

A family spokesman said the Donegal politician has been taken off a ventilator and is being moved from the ICU to a high-dependency unit.

"It is going to be a long road to recovery, but there are signs of improvement and we are very grateful for that," said the spokesman.

"The family is also very grateful for all the messages of support they have received from around Ireland."

It's understood doctors have told Mr Harte's family he could be in hospital for many weeks as he slowly recovers from the serious head injuries.

His condition was so bad after the incident that doctors put the politician into an induced coma while they treated a brain injury.

Labour leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has been keeping in close contact with the Harte family.

Irish Independent

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