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Brain-op mum Fiona is on the road to recovery

DUBLIN mum Fiona Fitzgerald has made great strides in rehab and now recognises family members after a serious brain bleed on holidays in Spain.

The mum-of-one suffered a brain haemorrhage while on a last-minute break to Los Cristianos, Tenerife in June.

Fiona (53) spent weeks in an intensive care facility in a Spanish hospital, but her sister Eimear Dunne and Fiona's son Chris were eager to bring her home in the hope that it would help her recovery.


Following a public plea, Fiona was brought back home to Ireland and was transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where she is being seen by some of the country's top brain experts.

Fiona, who works in the Coombe Hospital, brightened up upon her return home and doctors believed that Irish voices around her helped her.

Within just a matter of weeks, Fiona has improved immensely and doctors are pleased with her progress.

"Fiona is doing so much better, she recognises us now and had her tracheostomy removed," Eimear told the Herald.

"She has pretty good speech considering and can use her left hand well."

Fiona, originally from Templeogue, is also able to move her right hand and foot, but medics believe that she has months of intense physiotherapy ahead for her.

"The doctors think that she's having small seizures and will be taking medication for the foreseeable future," she said.

"We are so happy that she has got this far and we know there's a long road ahead but we didn't think we'd get this far. The hospital staff are amazing."

Fiona underwent a delicate procedure which doctors hope will improve her condition.

While she was sleepy and slightly unresponsive in Spain, she has come on in leaps and bounds since her return to Ireland.

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.


But after Eimear and Chris went public with her plight on Joe Duffy's Liveline show and in the Herald, Fiona was brought home to Dublin.

The family has paid tribute to the specialist care and treatment provided to Fiona in Tenerife, Tallaght and Beaumont hospitals.

Her family has read Fiona articles which have been written about her, in an attempt to further stimulate brain activity.