Irish victim of Bronx assault, Alisha Jordan, recovers after surgery
Brave Meath woman had ten metal plate put in her head after violent attack
“They inserted 10 plates in between my eyes, at my nose and just above my eyebrows. They had to completely remake my noise with metal.
“They said I may never get the feeling back in my forehead,” Jordan said. “But it’s a small price to pay.”
Jordan credits her recuperation with the support from her friends and family, but admits she is still very shaken by the attack.
“It’s been well over a month and I still cannot stay in the house on my own,” she said.
“I am not independent yet at all. He has taken that away from me.”
A former software development student, Jordan made the move to New York in early 2011 following her passion for GAA.
“I have been playing football all my life,” Jordan told the Irish Voice.
When the opportunity arose for her to come to the U.S. and play for Cavan, she jumped at the chance.
“Things were tough at home and I came out here and got a great job,” she said.
The doctors have advised her to take to stay away from sport and exercise for the next six months.
hey insist that the young player must wear a protective mask on her face for contact sports in the future.
“The doctors said there is no way I can play without the mask,” Jordan said.
For now, the Meath woman is concentrating on her recovery and is confident she can return to work in the coming months.
Paying tribute to her friends, and the Woodlawn and GAA community, Jordan insists she could not have made it through the crisis without them.
“I have been made laugh and smile since day one,” she reflects. “It’s really hard not to be positive when you have people like this around.”
A fundraising benefit to help Jordan to cover the medical costs associated with her attack will happen in November in Danny Macs. More details to follow.
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