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Roisin Halligan 11yrs

Roisin Halligan 11yrs

from left are Sabrina (Mum of Roisin), Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs, William 5mts, Ellen (Mum of William)

from left are Sabrina (Mum of Roisin), Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs, William 5mts, Ellen (Mum of William)

Roisin Halligan 11yrs

Roisin Halligan 11yrs

Grandmother Nelly Halligan in the petrol-bomb damaged in living room of her home in Ardmore Park, Waterford.

Grandmother Nelly Halligan in the petrol-bomb damaged in living room of her home in Ardmore Park, Waterford.

Roisin Halligan who was hurt in a petrol bomb attack in Waterford pictured at Cork University Hospital

Roisin Halligan who was hurt in a petrol bomb attack in Waterford pictured at Cork University Hospital

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Roisin Halligan 11yrs

The family of a Waterford girl who suffered serious burns in a firebomb attack are "over the moon" with having their girl home for Christmas.

Hero Roisin Halligan (11) was seriously injured when thugs hurled a petrol bomb through her grandmother's downstairs window.

It was feared at the time of the attack that Roisin would have to stay in hospital over Christmas due to the severity of the injuries she received.

However, she will now spend the festive season with her family after her wounds "healed better than we had expected".

"It means the world to have my daughter back in time for Christmas, it really does," her mother Sabrina told the Herald.

"We didn't think she would, but her wounds have healed better than expected so she is back with us in time," she added.

Doctors were "quite happy" with her condition and decided to discharge her early, although she must still return on regular occasions for check ups.

Shield

Roisin jumped on her little cousin Lexi to shield her when the petrol bomb crashed through the window of the home of her grandmother at Ardmore Park, Ballybeg.

Both needed emergency treatment for their burns at Cork University Hospital.

Three-month-old William Halligan suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at Waterford Regional Hospital.

Ms Halligan said that one-year-old Lexi and William were recovering well.

Their 66-year-old grandmother Nelly Halligan, who suffers from cancer, managed to fight the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

"The bottle hit Roisin in the side of her face. She said 'Come in to me Nanny'.

"She was screaming 'my face, my face', she was saying 'It's my body and my legs', she was badly burnt," said Ms Halligan recalling the shocking incident.

A man has been charged in court in connection with the attack, including charges of reckless endangerment and criminal damage.

The family will spend Christmas at Roisin's grandmother's house, the scene of the shocking firebomb attack.

"We always spend Christmas in mammy's house, and this year will be no different," Sabrina said.

Peaceful

"It will be a peaceful Christmas family get-together, and I'm glad Roisin's home for her own sake as well because it would have killed her spending the time in hospital by herself.

"Her form has been good, but she's still afraid to stand near a window and never stays downstairs when she's in the house," she added.

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