Young GAA star ‘talking and alert’ after week-long coma

A young Co Limerick GAA star has come out of a week-long coma after a horrific roof top fall at the family farm.

Thomas Kennedy, aged 12, from Caherconlish, who won the local GAA club’s underage player of the year award last year, received life-threatening injuries when he went to inspect work on a new milking parlour being built on the family farm.

He fell 22ft when he accidentally stepped on an unmarked skylight on the roof which collapsed under him.

His father, Tom Kennedy, said: “Thank God, he’s talking now and responding well. We’re hopeful he’ll make a full recovery.”

The accident happened a fortnight ago after Thomas went up a ladder on the new milking parlour to see how work was progressing.

A skylight had become discoloured and Thomas stepped on it, falling and suffering serious head injuries.

After being rushed by ambulance to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick a head injury was identified. He was then transferred to a specialist unit at Beaumont Hospital.

He spent a week in a coma, with his father and mother Dolores keeping a bedside vigil.

In recent days he came out of a coma and has been alert and talking.

And the young GAA player has kept in contact with his school friends by speaking to his class at Caherline national school in recent days, via Skype.

Thomas will have to spend some time in hospital with a broken hip.

His father praised the prompt response of the ambulance crew and the medical staff in Limerick and Beaumont.

He said: “We’ve had Mass cards coming in the door every day, and calls and texts from neighbours and friends. Local clergy Fr Donovan and Fr Currivan rang everyday.

“People have been brilliant and very supportive. They’ve been a tower of strength. I want to thank them all.”


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