A Dublin mum who was left in a coma after an apparent hit-and-run is now out of intensive care and showing early signs of recovery.
Mother-of-one Siobhan Geraghty (35) was seriously injured near her home in Clonsilla shortly after taking a taxi home from a night out in Dublin on May 8.
She was rushed to Connolly Hospital but later moved to Beaumont Hospital, where she was put in an induced coma after doctors had to remove the front of her skull to relieve the pressure from the swelling on her brain.
She had three separate injuries, but the one that was causing the most concern was at the back of her skull.
Doctors last week began waking Siobhan and her brother has now said she is conscious and out of immediate danger.
But he has also said her recovery will be slow and it could be some time before they know if Siobhan will suffer any long-term effects.
"She is out of intensive care now and is conscious, but it is a long road ahead," Senan Geraghty told the Herald.
"It's hard to predict with a brain injury what the damage or recovery will be, so we are just hoping for the best," he added.
Siobhan had been out with colleagues and friends at the Black Door on Harcourt Street and she and a friend had taken a taxi together.
The taxi dropped her at the Lohunda Dale estate in Clonsilla from Harcourt Street at around 3.40am on May 8.
However, the primary school teacher never made it home and was found lying unconscious by the road in the Lohunda area.
The road where Siobhan was found is quiet and within an estate, and there would not have been any traffic at that time.
Neighbours reported hearing "a thud" and then a car speeding from the scene.
A taxi driver was arrested by gardai the weekend before last but later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.
Gardai also investigated CCTV images from Harcourt Street and an ATM where Siobhan stopped to take out money before dropping her friend off.
Senan said Siobhan's 17-year-old son David was distraught, as were her parents Liam and Margaret, and brother Sean.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses, in particular anyone who may have been in the Lohunda Estate/Ongar Distributor Road area between 3.15am and 4.15am on Sunday morning, May 8, to contact them on 01 6667000.
They can also call the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.