Cork families in anxious wait after accidents abroad

Cork families in anxious wait after accidents abroad

Ciara Twomey (22) from Bantry

THE FAMILIES of two Cork people who were seriously injured while abroad are facing an anxious wait to see how they recover after details of the accidents were revealed yesterday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Rickie Healy from Ballyclough in North Cork suffered suspected spinal injuries and is in a Majorcan hospital following an incident where his neck and back hit the bottom of a pool at the resort Hotel Piscis in San Antonio.

He underwent surgery over the weekend where medical staff took a bone from his hip and put it in his neck because the original bone had shattered.

His brother Tadhg said they must now wait a few days to see how Rickie recovers.

“Now all we can do is wait.” 

A staggering €27,000 has been raised in 15 hours to bring Rickie home.

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

Originally from Ballyclough, but now living in Galway where he works as a whip in the equestrian field with The Galway Hunt.

President of the Galway Hunt Janet Coveney described Mr Healy as “an extremely responsible and reliable individual" and a “popular staff member” and everyone at the Galway Hunt is hoping he makes a full recovery.

“It was an unfortunate accident,” Ms Coveney said, “Like stepping off the pavement wrong, he just misjudged it.” Meanwhile, a Cork student has suffered a serious eye injury, following an accident on a quad bike while on holidays in Thailand.

Ciara Twomey, aged 22, was on in Thailand just three days, with 17 of her friends, when she ended up in hospital with an eye and face injury.

She was on a quad bike with her friend and they hit a bump. Ciara was wearing a helmet with her glasses inside the helmet. It's understood the glasses shattered and shards went into her left eye.

Ciara, who is studying general nursing in Tralee IT, had an operation to remove the glass but will need further surgery.

The family, from Bantry, are hoping to get Ciara home as soon as possible, but it depends on her condition and on available funds.

The family are hoping to raise €150,000 to pay for getting Ciara home and her care and treatment, which will include reconstructive surgery.

Family friend Clive Seawright said he has known Ciara since she was four years old.

He has been talking to Ciara since she went into hospital and said she is being optimistic about her condition, but was still in a lot of pain. 

Clive said Ciara is an immensely popular individual, who has a fantastic way with people.

“There are a lot of people who care a great deal about Ciara.” Anyone who would like to donate to Ciara’s care and treatment, can log onto Gofundme and search ‘Help Ciara Twomey.’

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