A BIG-hearted woman was so moved by the story surrounding the tragic circumstances in which a young Limerick man lost his eyesight, that she wants to fund “revolutionary” surgery to help change his life.
The wealthy philanthropist, who does not wish to be named, says she wants to pay the full costs of treatment for Brian Hogan, which are expected to be in the region of $30,000, but may be much higher.
Mr Hogan, 34, suffered severe brain damage and was left blind and partially paralysed after an unprovoked attack in Nottingham in the UK on July 19, 2009.
He is now hoping stem cell treatment in the United States will help him reclaim the two years of his life that have been “robbed” from him.
His story was first featured extensively in the Limerick Leader last week and went on to garner major coverage in many national newspapers, before catching the eye of one generous lady, whose background is unknown.
His older sister Nevis said her brother “burst into tears” when he was relayed the good news in Headway’s offices in Limerick this week, where he is a client of the support group for people with brain injuries.
“We can’t believe it and were all stunned and completely taken aback when we heard. We would like to say a massive thank-you to that person. The pressure has now been taken off us,” she said.
The family had organised fundraisers to help pay for the cost for his medical treatment, but Nevis said: “If we received the call in the morning for him to go for treatment, we would have been nowhere near our target.”
She added that their mum Phil is “over the moon”.