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Funds needed Family of Irishman seriously injured in balcony fall appeal for help with medical expenses

40-year-old Eoghan de Cleir is on life-support in an induced-coma after falling from a second-floor balcony during a visit to Colombia

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Eoghan de Cleir and his mother Ira

Eoghan de Cleir and his mother Ira

Eoghan de Cleir and his mother Ira

An appeal has been made to help with medical expenses for an Irish man who was seriously injured after falling off a balcony in South America.

40-year-old Offaly native Eoghan de Cleir is on life-support in an induced-coma after falling from a second-floor balcony during a visit to Colombia.

However, Eoghan’s medical expenses are now exceeding $90,000 and his family and friends are asking people to donate what they can to a GoFundMe campaign.

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Eoghan's gofundme page

Eoghan's gofundme page

Eoghan's gofundme page

 

The fundraiser has successfully brought in $33,000 so far but more money is needed to rehab move Eoghan to a natural healing center, where he will receive necessary treatments such as physiotherapy, psychology occupational, and speech therapy.

His family have thanked the general public for their support and said that Eoghan’s recovery is steady but slow.

While he is now able to slowly feed himself some basic meals and can communicate a little by writing, spoken conversation is not yet possible.

Sean de Cleir, Eoghan’s uncle, offered the following update on Eoghan’s current condition: “He is still not in rehab as much more surgery is needed, from major procedures to physical therapy, laser vocal treatments, and speech therapy.

“This meant he had go back to private healthcare as he needs day and night nurses, and other medical resources. Once he has recovered further, rehabilitation will be possible.

“It is really stressful for Ira [Eoghan’s mother] trying to look after him, and at the same time deal with the emotional and financial pressures of ensuring the best treatment possible for Eoghan.”

Mr de Cleir added that the Covid pandemic has made fundraising a challenge as usually events could be held to raise money.

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He said: “Under normal circumstances we would already have held a number of activities, from head-shaves, to raffles at event days in Kinnitty, and in Whitegate where Eoghan grew up. But at the moment, such events simply aren’t possible.”

Donations can be made here: https://bit.ly/eoghandecleir

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