A young Irishman from Donegal who had been in a coma for a month after falling from an overpass in Sydney, Australia woke up on his 21st birthday. Shaun Dunworth's parents shared the wonderful news.
Irishman Shaun Dunworth awoke from a coma on his 21st birthday, one month after sustaining life-threatening injuries and falling into a coma.
On July 29, the Donegal man was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia after falling from the High Street overpass near Harbour Bridge on to concrete freeway below. He sustained brain trauma and life-threatening injuries.
His parents, Stevan and Karen Dunworth, rushed from their home in Ramelton, Co. Donegal to be by his side as surgeons operated on his face and pelvis and he remained in a comatose state.
In anticipation of his 21st birthday this past Monday, his parents and nurses decorated his hospital room. But it was Shaun who gave them the greatest gift of all: he opened his eyes and woke from his coma, telling his parents "I love you, Mum and Dad."
The family of Shaun Dunworth have seen a "slight improvement" in his condition after he was found with serious head injuries in Sydney.https://t.co/nH6W9s88zn— BBC Radio Foyle (@BBCRadioFoyle) August 7, 2018
An eventful 24-hours followed, according to the Irish Independent. Shaun has since been taken off of life support and is out of intensive care and is undergoing tests to determine the course of his ongoing recovery.
Shaun had been in Dunworth since January, working in the construction industry.
A GoFundMe established for Shaun and his family after the accident has raised €55,839 ($64,793) at the time of this article's publication, out of a goal of €60,000 ($69,922).