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Dublin mum left in a coma after "hit-and-run" appeals for information

Siobhan Geraghty
Siobhan Geraghty

A Dublin mum who had part of her skull removed after an apparent hit-and-run is appealing for anyone with information to come forward so she can find out what happened to her.

Mother-of-one Siobhan Geraghty (35) was critically injured near her home in Clonsilla shortly after taking a taxi home from a night out in Dublin last May 8.

She was rushed to Connolly Hospital but later moved to Beaumont where she was put in an induced coma after doctors had to remove the front of her skull to relieve the pressure from the swelling on her brain.

After having the bone replaced and making a physical recovery, Siobhan wants anyone who can fill in the gaps in her memory to come forward.

“I was in a coma for three weeks. I remember leaving the nightclub with my friends and the next thing I remember is waking up in Beaumont Hospital. I need to know what happened to me. I need to be able to put words on it,” she said.

“Physically, I’m doing well, but not knowing what happened to me is hard.”

Primary school teacher Siobhan took a taxi home to the Lohunda Dale estate from Harcourt Street at around 3.40am, but was later found lying unconscious by the road near her house.

Neighbours reported hearing “a thud” and then a car speeding from the scene. A taxi driver was later arrested by gardai but released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

Meanwhile, Siobhan has told how she is looking forward to 2017.

“It will be good to make a new start, a fresh beginning,” she said.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the fantastic medical team I had and the support of my family.”

Siobhan now looks at life differently since nearly having it taken away from her.

“I appreciate life more now that I have experienced just how fragile it can be. I’ve seen how you can have your life dangled in front of you,” she said.

“I always appreciated my son, David, who was just 16 when this happened, and my family and my work, but now I appreciate them more.”

Anyone with information can call Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000 or the Garda Confidential line, 1800 666111.