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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ciaran back with 'delighted' family after brain injury

Ciaran Kelly is back home
Ciaran Kelly is back home

The family of an Irish man who was left brain damaged after a cardiac arrest are "delighted" that he has been returned safely home.

Ciaran Kelly (32), from Bray, Co Wicklow, was living in Vancouver, Canada, when he suffered a cardiac arrest and his brain was deprived of oxygen.

His devastated family learned that he was in intensive care in hospital on St Patrick's Day.

Hours after receiving the news, the Kelly family flew to Vancouver to be with their son, who was on a life-support machine.

However, they were forced to return home as the cost of staying there - and Ciaran's €10,410 a day hospital fees - was more than they could afford.

For the past several weeks, the family has been fundraising through a GoFundMe page to cover his fees and the cost of a medical aircraft to bring him back home.

Gratitude

Ciaran's fund, which had a target of €100,000, has reached almost €75,000 - but the family shared some news yesterday afternoon.

"We are delighted to tell everyone Ciaran has now arrived home safely to Ireland and is getting all the care he needs," the family said.

"He flew back from Vancouver by air ambulance in the early hours of this morning"

The family has extended its gratitude to all those who donated towards the fund.

"We will never be fully able to thank you for the support, kind words and generosity," the family said.

"Without you this wouldn't have happened as quickly and now to be together as a family is just amazing.

"This will be a long journey and we have to take it day by day but when we look back to two weeks ago and see how far we come, it's a miracle."

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