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Brain-bleed mum much better since flight home

THE condition of a critically ill Dublin mum who was flown home from Spain by air ambulance has improved.

Fiona Fitzgerald (53), from Templeogue, suffered a massive brain bleed while on holiday in Tenerife at the beginning of last month.

Last week, her sister Eimear Dunne and Fiona's son Chris went public with her plight in a bid to get her home. Eimear contacted Joe Duffy's Liveline radio show.

Fiona was brought back to Ireland on Friday, more than four weeks after she became ill, and her condition has improved over the weekend.

"She has brightened up, we think. We feel that she has responded very well. Her eyes are brighter. In Spain, she was very sleepy, not making eye contact. But she is definitely brighter," Eimear told the Herald this morning.

Fiona is now recovering in Tallaght hospital.

"She has got a bit of a cough now and they are checking for infection.

"She is in the ICU in Tallaght and it looks fantastic. The nurses are brilliant, everyone has an individual nurse. There is a nurse at the end of each bed. They are doing all of the tests again and they have changed her tubes."

Eimear believes that her sister's return home will help with her recovery.

"Doctors in Spain said that Irish voices around her might help her.

"My mother was delighted to see her too, she couldn't get out to Spain."

Fiona suffered a massive brain bleed while on an impromptu break with a friend in Los Cristianos, Tenerife.

Ms Fitzgerald, who works in the Coombe Hospital, was rushed to intensive care unit in a Tenerife hospital, where she remained since the beginning of June.

Her family wanted to bring her home for treatment, but they said that they were informed by the insurance company that there were no intensive care beds available.