Now I have no memory of any of this, nor of the year before my accident, nor of most of the year after my accident so I have to rely on information supplied by my family and friends. They tell me I was taken by ambulance to Our Lady’s hospital in Navan, where they stitched up my wounds and put me on a breathing machine before sending me to Beaumont Hospital.
It was touch and go and a very tough time for my family who were travelling up to Dublin from Navan everyday. I spent my 19th birthday in ICU where I came through pneumonia, two tracheostomys and nearly died. Eventually, I was moved to a high dependency ward with a million tubes coming out of me. I did not know who I was, where I was or who anybody around me was except after a while my mam. I only had the functions of an infant of about nine months old. I could not walk, talk, or even hold my own head up.
During this time my parents and sister visited me every day, read to me, played music and DVD’s for me, played games with me, showed me photos of home, my dogs, my family, my friends all to help me with my memory.