People rally to aid

People rally to aid

Ciara Twomey (22) from Bantry, Co Cork 

Tens of thousands of euros have been raised for two Cork individuals who were injured abroad while on holidays in Ibiza and Thailand.

Some €63,000 has been raised across two fundraising pages for young Bantry woman Ciara Twomey, 22, who got shards of glass in her eye when she crashed on a quad bike wearing glasses inside her helmet.

According to her Gofundme page, Ciara is hoping to get a medical flight home from Bangkok to Ireland today.

If she doesn’t get this flight she will need to be transferred from Surat Thani to a hospital in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, more than €42,000 has been raised to bring home Rickie Healy from Majorca, where he is in hospital, following a serious accident on holidays in Ibiza.

The funds were raised on a Gofundme page called 'Rickie Healy Appeal Fund' after the family got the go-ahead to bring Rickie home to Ireland.

His brother Tadhg said the family were delighted at the response to their fundraising appeal. 

"It is unbelievable, we would just like to say thanks to everyone who helped us. We really appreciate it."

The doctors have said Rickie can travel from Thursday or Friday, but his brother thinks it will be a few more days before they have everything organised.

"I was talking to him this morning, he is in great spirits. He is in good form. He was giving out about not being able to use Snapchat," he said. 

“At the moment they are trying to get him into a hospital in Dublin and then it will be out to Dun Laoghaire then for rehabilitation. It is going to be a long road, we think we are looking at about a year Tadhg said Rickie does not have any feeling or movement at the moment, but the doctors have said that it will be a few weeks before they know the extent of his injuries."

“The pressure on his spine is so great at the moment it is impossible to gauge what he will be able to feel when that swelling goes down.”

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