A YOUNG sportsman who was paralysed in a freak accident during snow storms last March is to return home to Cork in the coming weeks.
Jack O’Driscoll, aged 20, crushed his C5 vertebrae during Storm Emma and has been getting intense treatment at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire where he is surpassing all his recovery goals.
His family is working hard getting the house ready for Jack’s return and they recently purchased a Ford Custom mobility vehicle following massive community fundraising initiatives for the Jack O’Driscoll Fund.
His cousin Daniel Dilworth said: “We were able to secure adapted transport from Grandons Toyota Cork.
“They went out of their way to get the vehicle for Jack. They are a Toyota garage but they got a Ford mobility vehicle for Jack. They got it down to Cork for us, got it insured and set it up for us, and assisted us with all the paperwork for it.”
The family wasted no time on getting the van out on the road and taking Jack on a road trip to Killiney Hill on Friday evening and onto Kildare Village last Saturday.
“It is great for Jack to be able to get out and about and go shopping without having to pre-arrange stuff,” Daniel said. “Already the van is making a difference and that is the goal of the fund.”
Daniel said the family wanted to express their appreciation to the public for their participation and continued support in fundraising.
The family is also working closely with City Hall on the home improvements that are essential to bring Jack home comfortably.
“It’s a busy time. We are working very closely with the council. They have been very supportive and very engaging.
“We are hoping to get some grants that are available, but we are making sure that we have proper planning permission as well as the proper dimensions.”
“It will be another couple of weeks before Jack is coming home. As much as his family want him home, they realise he is in the best place for him and he is getting the best care,” Daniel said.