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Edward’s heart stopped nine times and he was brought back each time

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Eamon (Ned) Flynn of Ballyplymouth, Cordal Castleisland, was badly injured in the January 2 crash

Eamon (Ned) Flynn of Ballyplymouth, Cordal Castleisland, was badly injured in the January 2 crash

Eamon (Ned) Flynn of Ballyplymouth, Cordal Castleisland, was badly injured in the January 2 crash

The friends and family of a Kerry man who survived a horrific car crash, Covid-19, MRSA and kidney failure, are fundraising to help make his home wheelchair accessible.

Edward (Ned) Flynn of Ballyplymouth, Cordal, Castleisland, was cut out of the vehicle and rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) by Air Ambulance after the accident on January 2.

According to his sister-in-law Anne, Ned's aorta was severed in the incident and he was bleeding heavily.

“At that point it was touch and go,” Anne writes on a GoFundMe page set up for the injured man.

“At CUH they performed an emergency operation on his aorta (and) the family were informed that he had a 50 /50 chance of survival.

“He survived the operation, was in a coma and on a ventilator in ICU. His thorax was driven back into his lungs and both lungs had collapsed. Air, blood and debris got into his lungs. A second operation had to be performed on his abdomen to clean out the debris and blood. As they could not locate the cause of the bleeding or stop it, his abdomen was left open for some time.

“His condition deteriorated over the following weeks, he contracted Covid-19, sepsis, MRSA and his kidneys failed. He was put on dialysis, his temperature continued to rise and sometimes was at a critical point.”

Anne tells how Ned's heart stopped nine times and he was brought back each time.

“His family were told to prepare for the worst and were allowed in to see him,” she adds.

“Ned sustained a broken pelvis, his ball and socket joint was severed and he had a broken leg. He received a bang to his head, and as a consequence he suffers from panic attacks and from short term memory loss.

“All his teeth were driven out of his mouth and one of the teeth is now lodged in his lung. This will be removed when he is able to undergo surgery again but this is not expected for some time as he is too weak physically.”

Anne said Ned also requires an operation to fix the broken bones in his pelvis but with his heart and lungs in such a weak state, doctors cannot perform one in the foreseeable future.

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“Ned was in ICU for three months and in a coma and on a ventilator,” Anne revealed.

“Thankfully, he is now out of the coma and awake but in quite a lot of pain. He is still in hospital and will be for an indefinite number of months. He requires intensive physio because of muscle wastage from being so long on his back. Ned’s mobility will be very limited and he will be in a wheelchair.”

Anne said Ned's wish is to be at home in his own surroundings, however, the layout of his home is not wheelchair friendly and structural adjustments will need to be made to the value of €100,000.

“If this is not possible, he will have to be placed in a residential home which nobody wants,” Anne said. “Your help and support at this time would be greatly appreciated by him and his family.”

So far, €41,677 has been raised towards a €100,000 goal and you can donate here.

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