'Next 48 hours crucial' – Outpouring of support from GAA world as Derry footballer battles 'aggressive' meningitis
Former Derry footballer Aaron Devlin is battling an 'aggressive strain of meningitis' and remains in intensive care his club Ballinderry Shamrocks has confirmed.
The player, the brother of Derry’s Coilin, took ill after a club game during the week, and was soon rushed to hospital and placed on a life-support machine.
The club said Devlin was suffering a brain virus in the immediate aftermath and on their social media networks late last night confirmed that the next 48 hours is the most crucial as he battles meningitis.
"Aaron confirmed has an aggressive strain on meningitis. Next 24-48 hrs crucial. Keep praying we all know Aaron in a born fighter."
The club has urged their player to "keep fighting" and their Facebook page is awash with goodwill.
Aaron confirmed has an aggressive strain on meningitis. Next 24-48 hrs crucial. Keep praying we all know Aaron in a born fighter.— Jordanstown GAA (@JordanstownGaa) July 26, 2015
"Hang in there Aaron, I'll be praying for you and your family and Please God you will pull through and your strength and fitness will stand to you," was one comment posted to their page.
The GAA community has rallied behind Devlin, with further messages of support coming from right around the country, with Donegal's Eamon McGee among those to publicly support the stricken footballer.
"Thoughts go out to Aaron Devlin, a good Gael and Ballinderry man so he has plenty of fight in him. Hope he gets well soon," he said.
Gaelic Tyrone, say a prayer for seriously ill fellow-Gael Aaron Devlin, well known to and friend of many of our... http://t.co/YbeAjC4a69— Tyrone GAA (@TyroneGAALive) July 27, 2015
Thoughts go out to Aaron Devlin, a good Gael and Ballinderry man so he has plenty of fight in him. Hope he gets well soon.— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) July 26, 2015
@Aaron_Devlin keep fighting lad the whole country is praying for you— Conor.mortimer (@Conmort) July 26, 2015
Thoughts and prayers with Aaron Devlin from all at St Canice's Gac Dungiven We hope he makes a full and speedy recovery #gaafamily— St.Canice's Dungiven (@stcanicesgac) July 26, 2015