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Sister of Adrian Ansbro who sustained a brain injury in Tuam assault says he is making progress

'Adrian’s condition, we’re thankful to say, is stable and he's been discharged to the step down unit from Beaumont ICU'

Adrian Ansbro

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The sister of Adrian Ansbro, a well-known electrical contractor who sustained a brain injury following an assault in Tuam earlier this month, has said he is making progress and has been moved to a step-down unit at Beaumont Hospital.

Father of two Adrian was assaulted at Foster Place in the town in the early hours of July 11.

He was stabilised at UHG following the incident and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is now described as stable and improving.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Colette Ansboro described the ordeal his family has been through and their hopes for Adrian’s recovery.

“Adrian had sustained a brain injury but thankfully he got to Beaumont Hospital in the early hours of last Sunday morning,” Collette said.

“Over the last 12 days, we’re on day 12 now, Adrian’s condition, we’re thankful to say, is stable and he's been discharged to the step down unit from Beaumont ICU. We are very thankful that his condition remains stable and he is making progress.”

Colette also described the moment she heard there had been an incident involving her brother.

“I got a call from UHG, as the managers would know me there, just after four in the morning. (They told me) Adrian had been in an accident and he was not well and (they asked) would somebody from the family come in to be with him.

“At that point we knew Adrian had a brain injury but thanks to their rapid response (they)were able to stabilise him. Thankfully, Beaumont Hospital accepted him, and he was transported there in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“It’s a hell of a call to get,” she added, “you go on autopilot and you’re in quite a lot of shock but I suppose I was very thankful that Beaumont Hospital had accepted him because I knew there was potential there, there was hope.

“Head injuries are so tricky and so complicated,” she said, “it’s really about timing and timing was on Adrian’s side, I feel on Saturday night, and that he got treatment quickly.”

Colette also praised the medical teams that helped her brother, saying, “the care in Beaumont is phenomenal, this is the centre of excellent for brain injuries and the treatment he got in intensive care and under the consultants (has) given great confidence to the family.

"He’s got the best care and that's where he would reach the best outcome and that gives a lot of comfort to all of us here.

“For the first week if you can't breathe…but now there's a light at the end of the tunnel and he's come through the first initial seven or eight days. As the consultant had told us, it is very much the first 48 hours that is a big milestone.

“The next milestone is the next five days then the next milestone is 10 days and Adrian has reached that, where he is stable now. And the next stage of his journey and his rehabilitation can commence and we are very thankful to everybody for that.

“I would have a fear of brain injuries from working in ICU in Galway. It can go either way, they are unpredictable and each patient’s recovery journey is very different.

“Our expectations for him recover to what he was prior to this brain injury, that's the aim but it’s only through rehabilitation you can realise that potential. I'm cautious in saying this because the journey is quite long, it could be anything from six months to 12 months and it’s slow.”

A go-fund-me page has been set up by the local GAA club to support Adrian’s family in his recovery and rehabilitation and is available online at iDonate by searching aid-for-Adrian.

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