A LIMERICK mother has been dubbed “miracle mum” by the US media after emerging from a five-month long coma after a horrific car crash.
Mother-of-three Nicole Graham Ryan, 27, who lived in Moyross and Meelick before emigrating to the US, was a passenger in a car when she was seriously injured in a motorway accident on February 8 last.
Since the accident she has been on life-support at the Meadowbrook Centre in Gardner, Kansas.
Her aunt, Leslie Dillon said the family are overjoyed that Nicole had emerged from her deep coma.
She said: “My sister, Caroline, said she has come back to us. She understands what we are telling her. She is giving thumbs up for yes and closes her hand to say no.
“It has been a long, long wait and we did not know if she would ever be able to show us a bit of recognition. But the first thing my sister told me was ‘she has come back to us’ and we are getting there with her.”
A fund has been set up to help pay Nicole’s medical bills, which may come to millions of dollars, and this can be accessed on her Facebook account.
Nicole left Limerick for the US 13 years ago.
After the accident, family members travelled to comfort her three young daughters, Kandra, Katie and Kellesy, aged between 20 months and 11 years.
Another aunt, Mary Stundon, from Corbally, said at the time: “We are all very distraught and pray to God she will make a full recovery. Her three beautiful girls need her.”
Nicole worked as a court clerk in Kansas.
As she is not a US citizen, there are no state funds to help pay her medical bills and she has no insurance.
Hundreds attended a fund-raising night at the Greenhills Hotel last March.
*An account is open at Bank of Ireland, Castletroy: Sort code 90-45-95; Account number 44058749.
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