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Statement Teen awarded €3m after being run over by doctor 'to live with injuries for rest of her life'

In a poignant statement to the Sunday World, Ashleigh Carroll has spoken of her devastating injuries

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Ashleigh Carroll with her grandparents

Ashleigh Carroll with her grandparents

Ashleigh Carroll with her grandparents

These are the notes handwritten by a teenage who was left with a life-changing brain injury after she was run over by a doctor on her way to school.

Ashleigh Carroll, who was awarded almost €3 million in a High Court compensation case this week, has spoken of the devastating injuries she has to live with for the rest of her life.

However, Ashleigh almost didn't get any compensation because the driver had blamed the teenager for four years.

Her mother Louise also said in the aftermath of the court case this week, her daughter still struggles with the injuries.

She said: "Just because people see high sums awarded in the papers, they think people are on the pig's back but do not realise this is to provide care and security for Ashleigh for the rest of her life.

"Ashleigh has a full life expectancy, and the money will have to last her for that."

"The personal injuries case is done, but it doesn't mean Ashleigh is now magically fixed and can go back to the way life was before the accident because that will never happen."

The driver of the car, Dr Shereen El Mashad, a doctor working in Beaumont Hospital, had blamed Ashleigh for the collision at a pedestrian crossing on Oscar Traynor Road in Dublin

It wasn't until the family solicitor Keira O'Reilly, of Keans Solicitors, discovered the doctor had returned to Egypt and was the subject of an arrest warrant that liability was admitted, four years after the incident.

Two witnesses who were at the pedestrian crossing had told Gardaí they saw the car driven by the doctor come at "tremendous speed along the bus lane and through the red light".

Ashleigh was hit by the car, thrown into the air and suffered catastrophic head injuries when she hit the ground leaving her in a coma for weeks.

Then aged 14, Ashleigh had been on her way to school and has no memory of the incident that totally changed her life.

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Ashleigh Carroll with her grandmother and her mum Louise (second from left)

Ashleigh Carroll with her grandmother and her mum Louise (second from left)

Ashleigh Carroll with her grandmother and her mum Louise (second from left)

 

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She had been a high-achieving student who had begun studying Japanese with plans to go to Harvard and harboured ambitions to one day be President of Ireland.

In a poignant statement this week to the Sunday World, she said: "On the 20th of October 2016 my life was changed forever. Some doctor hit me with her car on my way to school.

"I suffered an acquired brain injury. Which will never go away. It'll never heal. I sometimes struggle with concentration and I suffer with chronic fatigue, I am in pain every day.

"That person, the driver, is living her life abroad somewhere. So I don't know if true justice will ever be served. I have high hopes for the future, but who knows what will be. All my teenage years were clouded by assessments and reports and hospitals.

"It was difficult learning to walk again at 14 and needing to give up some of the things I loved, and now, at 19, I'm still facing many of the same battles, learning to live as a disabled adult and trying to become a functioning member of society.

"The truth is that I don't think I'll ever be independent, and that's the fault of one person, Shereen El Mashad, who has now probably forgotten about the whole thing.

"I hope she thinks about it every day because I have to live with the trauma she caused me for the rest of my life. To the driver, 'What goes around comes around' and remember that because I lived."

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Ashleigh Carroll’s heartfelt statement to the Sunday World about how the actions of the driver of the car, Dr Shereen El Mashad, have had such a devastating effect on the young woman’s life

Ashleigh Carroll’s heartfelt statement to the Sunday World about how the actions of the driver of the car, Dr Shereen El Mashad, have had such a devastating effect on the young woman’s life

Ashleigh Carroll’s heartfelt statement to the Sunday World about how the actions of the driver of the car, Dr Shereen El Mashad, have had such a devastating effect on the young woman’s life

Her mother Louise said the accident has had a devastating effect not only on Ashleigh but also on her, Ashleigh's sister Isobel and her grandparents.

Just because the personal injuries case is done it doesn't mean Ashleigh is now magically fixed and they go back to the way life was before the accident because that will never happen.

"Ashleigh has an acquired brain injury amongst a number of other injuries for which there is no recovery."

"Me, Ashleigh, Isobel, none of us asked for this life. Dr Shereen El Mashed inflicted this upon us. We did nothing to deserve it."

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Ashleigh’s statement

Ashleigh’s statement

Ashleigh’s statement

 

Louise criticised the doctor's attitude, both at the scene of the collision on the day it happened and in failing to tell the truth for years afterwards.

"Not only did she lie about the accident, she actually blamed Ashleigh for it. She said she came and tended to Ashleigh at the scene when she was lying critically injured on the road after being hit by her. She did not."

"As a human being and a doctor I cannot understand this. A doctor's calling is supposed to be to help people. She did nothing but lie to save her own skin."

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Ashleigh’s statement

Ashleigh’s statement

Ashleigh’s statement

 

Louise said that for years they never knew exactly what had happened as a result of the doctor not coming clean.

"Ashleigh could not remember but we were told that she was being blamed for it. The insurance company filed a full defence to the case when liability should not even have been an issue."

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Ashleigh’s statement

Ashleigh’s statement

Ashleigh’s statement

 

Lousie also said that only for Keira O'Reilly's work Ashleigh could have been left without a penny as she faces the challenges ahead.

She said the legal-eagle was like "a dog with a bone" and "my rock though this whole ordeal" who could not have done more if it was one of her own children".

It was heard in the High Court this week how Dr El Mashid had originally given an "utterly dishonest" account of the accident which caused the family great distress.

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