Parents of young father who suffered stroke fundraise

THE parents of a young father of two who has suffered a devastating life-changing stroke are hoping to raise enough money for him to attend National Rehab.
Áine Hanrahan and her husband Paddy have set up ‘Help with Kevin’s Recovery’ on GoFundMe in a bid to help their son regain full physical and mental independence to enjoy life with his family again.
The 34-year-old outdoor instructor suffered a massive stroke in June of this year. Father to Aaron (5) and two -year-old Cora, Kevin was working and residing in Bunbeg when he took ill.
After initially presenting to Letterkenny University Hospital on June 13,  Kevin was transferred to  University Hospital Galway two days later. A brain MRI showed extensive damage to the stem of his brain due to a lodged blood clot. This has affected all his basic bodily functions, speech and movement.
Kevin’s parents say their son wasn’t given a successful prognosis and he will need long-term increased care needs.
“At the moment, Kevin cannot speak and is very restricted in his movements. He is fed through a peg in his stomach and has a trachea inserted.”
Áine and Paddy said Kevin has shown a steely resolve despite the odds.
“Kevin suffered numerous infections but through sheer determination, the strong love he has for his young family and the wonderful care he receives in St Anne’s Ward, he has defied all odds and he has started moving his legs and hands.
“We are extremely grateful to the amazing stroke team, occupational therapy, speech and language therapists, physios, all the doctors, nurses and health care assistants who are helping Kevin in every possible way to regain his health and get him prepared to attend National Rehab and then get him home.”
Kevin’s parents said his positivity is shining through and that he is getting strong every day. They say the funding assistance will help with Kevin’s future medical needs, physical adaptations to his home in line with recommendations from the occupational therapists and the numerous other costs due to his illness.
“Kevin is a strong inspiration to us all to live in hope, faith and love. He has a long road ahead of him with physiotherapy and intensive speech and language therapy.
“By raising sufficient funds this will help with Kevin’s full recovery and his journey to regain full physical and mental independence to enjoy life with his family again. We know that Kevin will pull through this illness. We appreciate any support that you can provide.”
To donate, see ‘Help with Kevin’s Recovery’ on GoFundMe.

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