‘Every day is a blessing’: Limerick mum of baby boy who died fights for her life

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‘Every day is a blessing’: Limerick mum of baby boy who died fights for her life

Danielle Ryan remains in an induced coma

THE STEPFATHER of Danielle Ryan, who remained in an induced coma this Thursday following the horror crash that claimed the life of her four-month-old son, has thanked the public “for their support at this terrible time”.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced for baby Dion who died on Friday evening. It is understood the family are hoping that Danielle wakes up before laying the infant to rest.

The collision involving two cars took place at around 2pm on Friday at the Cross of the Bog, Knocknacarra, Cappamore. Flowers and a teddy bear have been left at the scene in a poignant tribute.

Dion, pictured above with Danielle, was taken by air ambulance to Cork University Hospital while Danielle, aged in her early 20s, was rushed to University Hospital Limerick with serious head injuries. Another female driver in her late 20s was taken to UHL as a precaution. 

Roger McNamara, stepfather of Danielle, said on behalf of the family in Caherconlish, “We would like to thank everyone for their support and help, and for their thoughts and prayers at this terrible time.” He appealed for privacy as they deal with their grief over Dion and concern for Danielle, who has an older daughter.

A member of the well-known Ryan family said: “Every day is a blessing. Time will tell.”

They continued: “Danielle is in an induced come. They are keeping her like that until her body heals. We are just waiting and praying.”

While originally from Caherconlish, Danielle moved to Kilteely in more recent times. She is a granddaughter of Pat Ryan, better known as The Haley Boy. He was a horse and cattle dealer all his life, and a local legend until his passing in 2011.

Fr Roy Donovan, parish priest of Caherconlish-Caherline, said words can’t describe the tragedy.

“Prayer were said for Dion at all the Masses over the weekend and for the recovery of Danielle. They are in our hearts,” said Fr Donovan.

Fr Joe Tynan, parish priest of Kilteely-Dromkeen, said it is a huge tragedy to lose a baby.

“Everybody has them in their thoughts and prayers. We are praying for the recovery of Danielle. I would have met her a few times. She was good for going out and mixing. She was a lovely girl. She is a very popular and outgoing character. She is very devoted to her family. It is such a tragedy.

“Everybody in the parish is devastated for them and hoping she will recover. We will be there for them in the future in whatever we can do or whatever support we can be,” said Fr Tynan.

Danielle has worked as a carer in a nursing home and is described as a hard-worker.

The generous young lady asked for donations to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline last year instead of getting birthday presents.

Local councillor, Martin Ryan, who is a father of four young children, said everybody in the locality is “numb” after the crash. 

“Our hearts go out to all involved. In every accident there are people involved on both sides so our hearts go out to them all.

“We hope that Danielle will recover and come back to good health,” said Cllr Ryan, who expressed his condolences, on behalf of the local community, to the Ryan family on their tragic loss of baby Dion.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses, particularly any motorists who may have dashcam footage, to contact Bruff Garda Station on 061 382940.