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Oisin makes 'miracle' recovery from coma after balcony fall

AN Irish teenage soccer player left in a coma after a holiday island fall has posed with a football to show friends he's making a good recovery.

Finn Harps U19 star Oisin Merritt shocked doctors in Mallorca when he woke up on July 8 and asked how Brazil were doing in the World Cup.

Now the 19-year-old from Stranorlar in Co Donegal is undergoing rehab at the Letterkenny Hospital campus. His proud sister Tasha posted a picture of Oisin with a football outside the hospital.

Oisin wrote a "thank you" message on his Facebook page to well-wishers who had raised thousands of euro for his medical care after his fall in the resort of Santa Ponsa in June.

"I've been absolutely overwhelmed by the support that everyone has given me," he said. "I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.

"I am about to start my long road of rehabilitation but delighted to be back in Ireland. Thanks so much."

His recovery shocked Spanish doctors with sister Tasha saying it was a "miracle".


Oisin was treated in hospital for several brain injuries, a broken jaw and a punctured lung.

He was on the Spanish island for a holiday with friends when the accident happened on June 8.

His parents Gary and Rose and his girlfriend Josephine O'Neill flew out to be by his bedside.

Oisin woke up from his coma after a month and was well enough to be flown home by air ambulance last weekend.