Friends of the Higgins family have launched a fundraising drive to help with the long-term costs of toddler Zac’s medical care and rehabilitation.
The two-year-old from Mahon remains in an induced coma in Dublin, after being struck by a car at Castle Meadows on the Skehard Road last week.
He was transferred from CUH to Temple Street Children’s Hospital by ambulance in the hours after the accident, and remains in a critical but stable condition.
He is being monitored constantly and doctors are hoping to bring him slowly out of the coma this week.
Local councillor Chris O’Leary said his parents Paul and Aisling are still in shock and are being supported by family and friends.
With a long period of rehabilitation ahead, the family are working out a system of constant support for Zac while also getting older brother and sister Max (7) and Belle (4) back to a normal routine as much as possible.
The Zac Higgins Appeal Fund has already raised close to €10,000 and was formally launched at the clubhouse of Ringmahon Rangers this morning. Paul’s brother Alan was in attendance, as was Ringmahon Rangers chairperson Vincent Noonan. Mr O’Leary and Sean Fitzgerald will act as trustees of the fund.
“We know so many people are fundraising for the family and we ask them to put the proceeds into the fund,” Mr O’Leary said. “To see it reach €8000 by this morning was very heartening.”
An account was opened in St Michael’s Credit Union and people can make a donation there or at any bank using the following details - IBAN - IE8MICI99222419052804, BIC - MICIIE21. The public can also donate online here.
The car involved in the incident fled the area but was later found abandoned nearby.
A male teenager arrested in connection with the incident was released from Garda custody last week and a file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.