'What you've all done, words cannot describe' - Over €100k raised in 24 hours for teacher on life-support in Dubai
An Irish teacher on life-support in Dubai after suffering a pulmonary embolism is "slowly but surely starting to come around," her boyfriend has said.
Doctors have now taken Aisling Brady (26) off sedation and her family are hopeful that a full assessment of her condition can be made in the next 48 hours.
The young physics and maths teacher, from Trim, Co Meath, has been in hospital in the UAE since November 27 after she fainted in the school where she works.
While being transferred to hospital, she suffered three seizures, three cardiac arrests and a stroke as a result of a blood clot in her leg.
Her parents Terry Brady and Antoinette Brady travelled to Dubai to be by their daughter's bedside.
They are now hoping to bring her home to Ireland and an online campaign was started by Aisling's boyfriend Kristian Mansfield to raise the necessary funds.
Over €100,000 has been raised in the past 24 hours.
"When we put the page out yesterday at midday, I had a mental stretch target of €30k in mind over the next 21 days. What you all have done for Aisling and her family, words cannot describe. Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts," Mr Mansfield said.
"Slowly but surely she is starting to come around and today they took her off sedation completely.
"Every breath being taken was by Aisling and not the machine. This has brought us relief as it was something we were very concerned about - although there may still be some assistance for the short to medium term, it is another massive milestone towards recovery.
"We have been with her through most of the day, she is more alert, although extremely drowsy and is following our movements and reacting to touch.
"We are hoping that over the next 24 to 48 hours the sedation will fully wear off and the doctors will be able to make a full assessment and we will then be able to plan."
Aisling moved to the UAE in 2016 and has travelled on a number of long-haul flights this year, which doctors believe may have worsened the pulmonary embolism.
Antoinette Brady said Aisling had been complaining of a pain in her leg and had visited doctors, but unfortunately the problem wasn't picked up.
The Brady family is now trying to get Aisling home by air ambulance.
The jet will need to fly at a much lower altitude and will essentially be a "hospital in the sky" as a cardiac specialist, neuro specialist, a doctor and nurses will need to travel on board.
"Aisling has everything on her side, and we are so grateful she is still with us. We are hoping she will become fully conscious in the next few days," Mrs Brady said.
You can donate to the GoFundMe page here