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The family of a young “free-spirited, adventurous and kind” Co Offaly man who was badly injured in a fall in Colombia have told how they are running out of funds to help him.

Eoghan de Cleir, a native of Kinnity, who had been living in the United States, had been on life support and in an induced coma after sustaining a fall from a second-floor balcony on November 6, 2020, during a visit to the South America country.

His mother, Ira de Cleir, has been by his side since the accident and according to her brother, and Eoghan’s uncle, while his condition has improved and he is out of hospital, he remains in a serious condition.

“He’s out of hospital now and his mother is looking after him 24/7 now,” Sean de Cleir said. “She has two hired nurses to help. He was due to go back to the hospital to get a plate put in his skull, but that has been postponed because of Covid.

“I know that he needed other treatment but it’s not getting done because there’s no money coming in. So, like with all things, it revolves around money.

“I’m almost afraid to ask what kind of movement does he have. Is he following movement with his eyes? I was told he can move of his hands under instruction. So there is some response, but how much, I’m not sure.

“He’s only out of ICU in the last few days, and is now in a rented house with his mam and two nurses who look after him day and night. He’s an only child so it’s really tough on her.

It’s huge expense,” he added. “There are 11 of us in the family and we’ve all sent money over of course and are trying to help as best we can. I think it’s costing US 2,000 a day and people have been really good but it's gone static now. It started off well and in fairness to the people here in Kinnity where Eoghan is from, they’ve been very kind but there’s little work because of Covid so they’ve done the best they can.

“The best thing would be to get Eoghan home I don’t know if he’ll ever be able to look after himself again.”

Earlier his mother told how the current home care that Eoghan is receiving "involves renting a house and hospital equipment and taking on a day and night nurse, a physiotherapist, and a speech therapist. He also has visits from his doctor.

"It is less costly than staying in the hospital, which so far, has come to over US 40,000 dollars. It also permits me to be by his side each day. He is being weaned off his strong medicine and is stable and slowly progressing."

A GoFundMe that was launched for Eoghan reads: "Eoin is free-spirited, open-minded, easy-going, adventurous, fun, and above all things, he is a kind man. Anyone who has been lucky to have met him in life at some point will know this to be true. Your donation and/or words of encouragement to him and the family are a blessing."

In an update posted to the GoFundMe page on January 7, de Cleir's aunt wrote that Eoghan's mother had already spent all of her savings on her son's medical care, but that the bills are still adding up.

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