County Limerick schoolboy out of coma after parish prayers are answered

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A PARISH’S prayers have been answered after a young sports star emerged from a coma following a 22 foot fall. Thomas Kennedy, Caherconlish, who won the local GAA club’s underage football player of the year award last year and is also a keen hurler, was in a coma for a week after the accident.

A PARISH’S prayers have been answered after a young sports star emerged from a coma following a 22 foot fall.

Thomas Kennedy, Caherconlish, who won the local GAA club’s underage football player of the year award last year and is also a keen hurler, was in a coma for a week after the accident.

Two weeks ago Thomas came home from school and went out to see how work on the milking parlour was progressing.

He climbed up the ladder on to the flat roof but a couple of seconds later stepped back on to a skylight and went through it.

The alarm was raised and an ambulance crew and doctors rushed to the scene.

“They were out within half an hour, they couldn’t have been quicker. To say they were exemplary is an understatement. I couldn’t say enough about the ambulance crew, staff in the Regional and Beaumont,” said Mr Kennedy.

A bleed on the brain was identified in the Regional and Thomas was taken to Beaumont. He spent a week in a coma with his parents, Tom and Dolores, by his side but is now alert and talking.

“He’s off the critical list, he’s well with it thank God. He’s talking now and responding well. We’re hoping he’ll make a full recovery from this,” said Mr Kennedy, who is at pains to point out the dangers of skylights and hopes by highlighting this other parents don’t go through what his family have been through.

Mr Kennedy wished to thank local priests, neighbours and friends from far and wide who have been “a tower of strength” to the family.

A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated March 24, 2012