Friday 24 November 2017

Young GAA player (17) still in critical condition after 'medical setbacks' following car accident Newsdesk Newsdesk

The family of GAA player Odhrán McKenna (17) who was critically injured in a car crash over the weekend have said their son is still "fighting this battle" after some medical setbacks.

McKenna is receiving medical attention after the car he was driving struck a tree in Belfast and his family have thanked the GAA community for their support and messages since the accident.

Odhrán's club St John's GAC posted a statement on their website at the request of the McKenna family.

"As the medical teams have started to reduce his sedation there have been some setbacks. This is a slower process than we had hoped for but we have every faith in the staff at RVH ICU," the statement read.

"Odhrán is still fighting this battle and with the professionalism of the medical teams and your continued prayers we continue to hope for a positive outcome.

"Once again we want to thank everyone for their support and hope Odhrán will be able to thank you all in person at some stage."

Earlier this morning the family issued another statement issued another statement, insisting they were overwhelmed by the public support.

"Odhrán's recovery is at a very delicate stage and the family have been asked by the medical team to keep visitors to immediate family only.

"The family want to assure everyone Odhrán is showing signs of recovery but it is a slow, arduous process for him so he needs as much rest as possible.

"As before we all truly appreciate and are totally overwhelmed by the support Odhrán is receiving. Thanks to each and every one of you."

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