Seán Ryan Shiner has had his right foot amputated as a result of the accident
A GoFundMe has been launched for Seán Ryan Shiner, a native of Co Tipperary, who sustained life-changing injuries during a car accident in Melbourne, Australia on November 21.
Shiner's sister Denise Hayes launched the GoFundMe on November 28. Less than a week later, donors have raised more than 95 percent of the appeal's €100,000 goal.
On November 21, 28-year-old Shiner was involved in a "horrific" car accident in Melbourne which required emergency surgery. While doctors were initially hopeful, they were ultimately forced to amputate the sportsman's right foot and place two plates in his left hip.
In his native Co Tipperary, Shiner played hurling with Golden Kilfeacle near Cashel and lined out with the Melbourne Shamrocks GAA while living in Australia.
On the GoFundMe page, Hayes wrote: “Seán is also a true sportsman. He has played across many disciplines with different clubs over the years, endearing himself to club mates and competitors alike. Those who know him will have seen him on rugby and football pitches but we all know that it is hurling and, of course, greyhounds that are his big loves!”
Shiner was due to move back home to Ireland this month after five years abroad, but his injuries have now prevented him from doing so. His parents have since traveled to Australia to be by their son’s side.
Shiner, who is now facing more surgeries and intensive rehabilitation in the coming weeks and months, is expected to incur "enormous expenses" for his medical care.
Hayes says her brother is receiving “the best possible care” at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and added that she and her family are thankful for both the excellent medical team tending to Shiner, as well as his “absolutely superb bunch of friends who have rallied around him.”
You can visit Shiner's GoFundMe page here. Hayes requests that if you are not able to donate, you share the page and offer prayers and positivity for her brother's recovery.