| 10.7°C Dublin

horror injuries Shooting victim Sinead Connolly faces a 'long road' as she begins rehabilitation, her sister reveals

The young mum was critically injured when she was shot in front of her seven-year-old daughter, Leah, on Saturday, March 6

Close

Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

The sister of a Dublin mum who was left paralysed after a shooting has said she faces a long road ahead as she begins rehabilitation.

Sinead was critically injured when she was shot in front of her seven-year-old daughter, Leah, on Saturday, March 6.

A GoFundMe page set up by her sister Orla to help her move on with her life has surpassed its €10,000 target, however, challenges still lie ahead for the young mum.

She is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire after she was transferred there two weeks ago from St James's Hospital where she had initially been treated for her injuries.

“Sinead had to isolate for two weeks after she was moved from St James’s Hospital so from tomorrow they're going to start the physical work,” Orla said.

"When she's finished that, around August 18, they hope to discharge her.

"They’re hoping that by then she’ll be able to shower herself and get in and out of bed, without assistance.

"And then the council is going have to get her housing sorted.”

Orla said Sinead still does not have any feeling from her chest down.

“We had a meeting today (with her medical team) to talk about her plan and how things are going to go.

"They were telling me about the injuries to her spine and how some of the damage that was done to the muscles around her lungs means her breathing is a bit restricted.

"Over time she should be able to use other muscles that will her breathe.

"Her blood pressure keeps dropping as well but Sinead herself seems to be in good enough form.”

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Close

Little Leah with Sinead’s sister, Orla

Little Leah with Sinead’s sister, Orla

Little Leah with Sinead’s sister, Orla

Orla revealed how they had surpassed their €10,000 target on the GoFundMe and thanked Sunday World for highlighting her story.

“Sinead could see (the messages of support) and she was delighted,” Orla added.

Orla also told how Sinead’s daughter Leah is still suffering in the aftermath of the incident.

“I keep Leah busy and I have her in the after school club so she’s active but she still talks about the day it happened,” Orla said.

“She witnessed everything. She said at me, ‘my mammy gave me nine heart attacks that day’.

"That’s the nine bullets. She heard all that, hiding under the table with her hands over ears.

"She’s been to see Sinead once a week, on a Sunday. I want her to engage with Sinead’s rehabilitation.

"She's had a lot to deal with but she needs to learn how to adapt to Sinead’s new way of living.”

Close

Sinead Connolly who was injured in the March 6 shooting

Sinead Connolly who was injured in the March 6 shooting

Sinead Connolly who was injured in the March 6 shooting

Orla also told how before the shooting her sister was a popular figure among her neighbours.

“Nobody had a bad word to say about Sinead," Orla added.

"She would have helped those around her. People would laugh with Sinead because she was in her own little bubble.

"She’s really funny. She would be talking about going down to get her tan on and she’d say, ‘isn’t that right Leah?’ She’s a real girly girl.”

Orla also paid tribute the doctors and medical staff at St James’s Hospital who went out of their way to help Sinead and Leah.

“The nurses there would be doing Leah’s hair when she visited. They are just amazing," Orla said.

Orla previously described Sinead's injuries as“ 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.

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 Sinead and little Leah and the family at this difficult time. Sending lots of love and well wishes x."


Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Privacy