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'Catastrophic injuries' Shooting victim Sinead Connolly paralysed from chest down after horror attack at Dublin flats

Sinead Connolly was critically injured in the shooting at her home on Saturday, March 6

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Sinead Connolly was hit three times in attack.

Sinead Connolly was hit three times in attack.

Sinead Connolly was hit three times in attack.

The sister of a young Dublin mum who was badly injured in a shooting two months ago, has told how she has been overwhelmed by the generosity and messages of support on a GoFundMe page set up to help her move on with her life.

Sinead Connolly was critically injured in the shooting at her home on Saturday, March 6.

Sinead had been sitting on her sofa when she was shot in front of her seven-year-old daughter, Leah.

According to the GoFundMe page that was set up by her older sister Orla, the injuries Sinead sustained were critical "but thankfully she is slowly on the road to recovery but her injuries are life-changing and catastrophic".

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Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

She spent over two months being treated in St James's hospital and was moved to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday where she will learn to adapt to her life-changing injuries.

However, Orla said that Sinead has been buoyed by the support she has received since the shooting, as she recovers from her injuries.

"We're nearly at our target (of €10,000) as we're over €8,000, which is fantastic as it's only been up a week today," Orla told the Sunday World.

"It was set up for Sinead and Leah, for something for them to look forward to. Sinead is now in the National Rehabilitation Centre but it will be there for her when she gets home, to help her and Leah rebuild their lives again.

"It's so what happened in that flat can be left there. So they can start afresh and have a brighter future for the two of them."

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Gardaí at the scene of the shooting that left Sinead paralysed

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting that left Sinead paralysed

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting that left Sinead paralysed

Orla revealed how Sinead has been "overwhelmed" by the support.

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"She has seen the messages and how many people have donated and she's been overwhelmed by it," Orla added. "She was even crying the other day. She's been through a terrible trauma and so has Leah, who was there when it happened.

"Leah has her good days and her bad days," Orla added. "She knows her mam has come out of St James's hospital and I've explained to her that she now in the Rehabilitation Centre but as she said to me, she can't wait for her mammy to come home."

Orla said Sinead's injuries are life-changing.

"She was shot three times and the bullet that did the damage, that left her paralysed, hit the T3 vertebrae and went into the spinal cord so she is paralysed from the chest down.

"She can move her arms and hands and her head but below that she can't. One of the other bullets went into her lung and another one went into her arm.

"We're just happy that she's alive. It's going to take a long time for her to recover mentally and physically, and Leah as well," Orla added.

Sinead's family released a statement after the shooting saying: "On Saturday March 6, our daughter and sister, Sinead, was critically injured in a gun attack in her home.

"She is a single mum and was with her daughter when the attack took place. She was shot as she sat on her settee."

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Little Leah with Sinead’s sister, Orla

Little Leah with Sinead’s sister, Orla

Little Leah with Sinead’s sister, Orla

The GoFundMe page reads: "On Saturday the 6 of March Sinead Connolly was critically injured in her own home in Bluebell in Dublin in front of her seven-year-old daughter Leah.

"Sinead was shot as she sat on her sofa in her own home in front of her daughter, the injuries Sinead [sustained] were critical but thankfully she is slowly on the road to recovery but her injuries are life-changing and catastrophic.

"We are asking the public and wider communities for help in raising funds to assist Sinead in her recovery and her needs for the future, and also to help to support the needs of her brave and wonderful daughter Leah," the appeal reads.

People who have contributed to the page have added comments with one reading: "Thoughts and prayers are with Sinéad and little Leah and the family at this difficult time..Sending lots of love and well wishes x."

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Garda at the scene of the crime.

Garda at the scene of the crime.

Garda at the scene of the crime.

Another adds: "Sending lots of love to Sinead and Leah, and the Connolly family."

One commenter said: "Please God this small gesture will help you and Leah... prayers for you and all the Connolly family."

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