A YOUNG Mayfield man who suffered life-changing spinal injuries in a fall during snow storms last March has returned home to Cork for Christmas.
Jack O’Driscoll, aged 20, who has been at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dún Laoghaire for the past five months, is now back in Cork for the festive period.
His cousin Daniel Dilworth said, as a proud Corkman, Jack is delighted to be home.
The Mayfield man is staying in a care facility in Cork while construction is ongoing to adapt his home for her permanent arrival home.
It is hoped the works will be completed early in 2019.
Daniel also said the resilient, sports-mad young man is getting on great in Cork and is still working away on his physiotherapy.
Jack’s cousin Daniel said that it is great for Jack to be home in Cork and for his friends and his extended family to be able to call out to see him any evening instead of making the trek to Dun Laoighaire at the weekends.
“His friends have been absolutely unbelievable to him throughout it. It is great to have him down in Cork.”
Thanks to the Jack O’Driscoll Fund, Jack’s family recently got a Ford Mobility vehicle and had been using that to visit Jack in Dun Laoghaire, but now are using it to bring Jack to his grandmother’s house where his family will be having Christmas this year.
“It’s great to have him home and to see him sitting around with his family at his grandmother’s house, happy out, watching the soccer on the TV.
“For his parents, the long journeys to Dublin are no longer required, for now anyway,” Daniel said.