A GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money for a Cork teenager who was injured in a freak accident during Storm Emma has already raised more than €47,000.
Jack O’Driscoll (19) suffered a serious spinal injury when he slipped on ice near his Mayfield home while walking in the snow with friends.
The teenager fractured his C5 vertebrate in his neck in the March 1st accident, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.
Jack was rushed to Cork University Hospital immediately after the accident, however the severity of his injury required him to be transferred to the Dublin to undergo surgery in the Mater Hospital. He is currently in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit (HDU).
‘This is the first tentative stage in a long road to recovery for Jack.’ reads a statement on the GoFundMe page, which is seeking to raise €200,000 for the youngster’s treatment.
‘Through all of this Jack has remained positive, upbeat and determined. Based on Jack’s outlook, his friends and family are hopeful that his progress will continue and allow him to begin the next stage of his rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dún Laoghaire.’
‘We feel we owe it to Jack to approach this aspect of his recovery with the same determination he has shown in the early stages of his rehabilitation.’
If you would like to donate to the campaign, visit the GoFundMe page here.