Shooting victim survives to ‘pop the question’

A LIMERICK man who survived a bullet wound to the head turned up unexpectedly at his girlfriend’s 21st birthday party and proposed to the dumbstruck birthday girl.

Daniel Phillips, 20, from Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, was shot in the head as he travelled in a car near St John’s Square on May 24.

An initial report indicated he had died.

However, this was corrected with a subsequent “critical” condition report.

He underwent major surgery at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

And after further treatment at the National Rehabilitation Centre, he was well enough to make a surprise appearance at his girlfriend, Sarah Power’s 21st where he popped the question.

And Sarah said “yes”.

Daniel’s stepmother, Sonya Ryan said they were given no hope when Daniel was on life support after the shooting.

She said: “Top doctors called myself, his father, his mother, his girlfriend; they called us all in and told us to let the family know it was only a matter of hours. They gave us no hope at all, not even 5%.”

Sonya believes that a faith healer she contacted played a part in Daniel’s recovery.

Daniel’s rate of recovery enabled him to get home to Limerick from the rehabilitation centre on Saturday last to surprise his girlfriend at her birthday party.

To add to the surprise, Daniel actually emerged from a gift-wrapped box, bearing a ring for Sarah.

Sonya said: “They’ve been through a tough time and they deserve nothing but happiness, They’re both on cloud nine.”

A man is awaiting trial for the shooting.

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