A Cork family are "blown away" by the kind generosity of strangers contributing to the huge costs of their injured son's recovery.
Jack O’Driscoll fractured his C5 vertebrae in his neck after he fell in the snow on March 1st.
The 19-year-old had been out with his friends on a local soccer pitch during Storm Emma (before the Red Warning was in place) when the tragic incident occurred, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
His heartbroken family have set up a GoFundMe page to help them raise the €200,000 in medical bills that they now face.
The fund has been set up less than a week, and has already raised over €100,000.
The Cork teenager is now being treated in the dedicated spinal ward in Dublin’s Mater Hospital.
The first year student of Environmental Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology is currently breathing with the aid of a ventilator.
It is hoped that he will progress and soon move to the Rehabilitation Institute in Dun Laoghaire.
The keen sports fanatic plays hurling and Gaelic football with his local GAA club, Mayfield, and soccer with Cork’s St. Mary’s A.F.C.
Many prominent athletes, including Ireland soccer player John Egan, Cork GAA stars Eoin Cadogan, Paul Kerrigan, and Anna Geary, have been instrumental in the widespread sharing of the fundraising initiative.
"The main aim of this fund is to ensure that Jack can be as ambitious as possible with regards his rehabilitation," his family state in the GoFundMe page.
You can donate to Jack's GoFundMe page here.