A CORK couple has described the past nine weeks as the longest of their lives after their son suffered a brain injury following a hit-and-run incident in Mahon.
Toddler Zac Higgins suffered a bleed on his brain, a broken shoulder blade and collarbone, and required his head to be glued after being struck by a car at Castle Meadows on the Skehard Road at around 4pm on Monday, March 25.
He was transferred from Cork University Hospital to Temple Street Children’s Hospital by ambulance for treatment after the accident.
Zac recently returned to CUH and Cork to continue his recovery and he is expected to attend that National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire in the future.
In a statement on social media, Zac’s mum Aishling said the past nine weeks had been the longest of their lives.
She revealed that Zac is walking at the moment but is not speaking yet.
She added that he is struggling with his fine motor skills and is suffering from tremors in his hands.
“His understanding gets a little better every day,” she said.
“His smile would light up the room and we’re just so happy to have him home.
“His brother Max and sister Belle are over the moon to have him home.”
Aishling said they know that Zac has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery.
“We don’t know what the future holds for Zac but I know he will do it smiling,” she added.
“His determination is admirable and he does it all with a smile.”
The car involved in the incident, a blue Mazda 6, fled the area but was later found abandoned nearby.
A male teenager arrested in connection with the incident was released from Garda custody and a file is to be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Recalling the incident, Aishling said: “To see him bleeding from the head, struggling to breathe and unconscious is a sight I will never forget.
“To watch him have a seizure in CUH frothing from the mouth, his eyes rolling in his head is an image me and Paul will never forget.”
She added that their “world completely fell apart” when doctors discovered Zac had suffered a brain injury.
“Our happy, feisty, funny little boy’s life would be changed forever and he would have to fight the bravest, hardest battle of his life.”