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'They broke his bones but not his spirit' - mum as hit-and-run Noah returns home

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Brave Noah back home

Brave Noah back home

Brave Noah back home

The Tallaght child seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident earlier this month is back at home after surgery on his smashed leg.

Noah Rae Kenna (5) was left lying at the side of the road with the bone sticking out of his right leg following the horror crash on Fortunestown Lane on the evening of Saturday, September 12.

He had been out with a group of older children at the time.

The driver of the car drove off after hitting him, and Noah's mother Jennifer is pleading with anyone who has information to come forward.

Wept

As little Noah put on a brave face and showed how strong he is from using his walking frame, Jennifer wept and said she cannot understand how anyone could run over a child and drive off.

"It's breaking my heart. Noah gets very frustrated at using the walking frame and a wheelchair, but he'll be bandaged up for weeks to come," she told the Herald.

"He's still on morphine and Nurofen for the pain.

"How would the driver feel if this was done to their son or nephew or little brother? This has affected our whole family.

"Someone knows something about what happened. There were people around when it happened, and I'm urging them to do the right thing for Noah.

"He needs so much care now that I'm not sleeping. He screams for me if I leave the room.

"We're all angry and emotional at what happened."

Jennifer also said she is now afraid to let Noah out to play in the Mac Uillium estate where they live.

"What's he going to play with? The burned rubbish? There's nothing for him, no shops to go to or anything," she said.

"I'm looking at what it would cost to build a shed for him in the back garden where we could put his toys and where he would be safe.

"I have to look into it because I don't want him being out in the estate because I'm afraid something will happen to him."

Noah was supposed to be the ring-bearer at Jennifer's brother's wedding next month, and he still wants to do it.

However, he will still be in a wheelchair because he will not be able to walk.

As he made his way from the living room to the kitchen on his walker, Noah stopped and flexed his right arm to show off his muscles.

"They may have broken his bones but they didn't break his spirit," said Jennifer.

Gardaí in Tallaght are appealing for witnesses to the crash.

Dashcam

"A male child received serious injuries when he was hit by a car on Fortunestown Lane in Tallaght. The car failed to remain at the scene," they said in a statement.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have information to come forward.

"Anyone who was in the vici- nity of Fortunestown Lane between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday evening, September 12, should make contact.

"Gardaí are particularly appealing to any road users who may have dashcam footage and who were driving in the Fortunestown Lane area to make it available.

"Anyone with any information should contact Tallaght garda station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station."