Family prayers answered as dad wakes from coma

Dnal Nolan

THE family of former Kerry All-Ireland minor winning captain Robert Bunyan (pictured left) say the prayers of an entire community were answered this week as he emerged from a coma eight days after a serious accident.

Mr Bunyan's family maintained a tens vigil at his hospital bedside for more than a week as he lay in a coma following a fall from a ladder at his Ballydonoghue home.

They say that the outpouring of support from the community was extraordinary, culminating in a special Mass at their parish church at which hundreds from all over the county attended.

The community's prayers were answered on Thursday night as Mr Bunyan - a teacher at Tarbert Comprehensive School and much-loved figure within Kerry GAA - began to show visible signs of improvement. He emerged from the coma on Friday and his family say he is now expected to make a good, albeit slow, recovery.

He fell 20 feet onto concrete while trying to fix a loose slate on his house, sustaining broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and head injuries.

Hundreds of people from throughout Kerry have sent Mass cards and called to the house in a staggering show of support for wife Eileen, sons Bobby and Pádraig and daughter Elaine throughout their ordeal.

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