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Video: Hurler Dessie Fitzgerald charts his recovery from a freak injury that left him paralysed


Dessie Fitzgerald

Dessie Fitzgerald

Dessie Fitzgerald

Dessie Fitzgerald's life changed on October 8, 2011 when he suffered a spinal injury during a hurling game for Charleville.

In a county semi-final against Kilbrin, Fitzgerald suffered a freak injury that left him paralysed from the shoulders down.

He has spoken openly about his fight to get back on his feet on GAA.ie and the sudden death of his brother James, who collapsed and died while working out in a gym.

“For weeks afterwards, I just couldn’t get my head around it and I turned into...I hated life, I hated myself, I hated whatever I set my eyes upon. I was thinking, ‘How can this possibly happen to one family?," he said. Watch him talk about how he has dealt with the traumatic events over the past four years below.

Fundraising events for Dessie include:

- July 12: Bucket Collection at the Munster SHC Hurling Final

- July 17: Fundraising Banquet with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

- July 17/18: Golf Classic, Charleville Golf Club

- July 19: 5Km Walk/Run, Doneraile Park

The Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund was officially launched in Charleville GAA Club on Friday night. For more information about the injury fund and to make a donation log on to www.dessiefitzgerald.com. Follow @dfitzinjuryfund on Twitter and like the official Dessie Fitzgerald Injury Fund Facebook Page.  

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