Fundraising for Andrew O'Malley

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Bank of Ireland
IBAN:  IE73 BOFI 9[phone redacted] 8757 55

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What happened:

On the 1st of December 2016, through no fault of his own, Andrew O'Malley was involved in an accident in the gym and is now quadriplegic. He can move his head and neck and has some slight shoulder movement. Andrew has been told that he will not regain any further movement in the rest of his body.

The owner of the gym did not have any insurance and has since left the country, leaving Andrew with no possibility of any form of compensation.

Andrew has been in an acute hospital setting since his accident. He is currently awaiting a decision from the HSE as to where he should go next. The problem is, there are no facilities in Ireland which cater for young people with Andrew's medical problems.

Andrew would eventually love to live in some form of an assisted living situation. However, he is a long way away from that.

Throughout this whole ordeal Andrew has remained remarkably strong. His mental strength and positive outlook have been inspirational.  His physiotherapy sessions have been instrumental in maintaining this positive outlook. 

Unfortunately, Andrew's physiotherapy sessions have been cut from 6 hours a week to a mere 1.5 hours.

Due to Andrew's spinal cord injury, he has a number of other medical issues:

> Andrew now has very weak lungs and often struggles to catch his breath. He is susceptible to chest infections and needs regular intervention by medical staff to clear his airways. He has a tracheotomy for when these emergencies occur.
> Andrew also has autonomic dysreflexia - this develops in individuals with spinal cord injury, resulting in acute, uncontrolled high blood pressure. This is a life threatening condition and as a result, Andrew must be constantly and closely monitored.
> Andrew now has a very weak swallow reflex. Additionally, his windpipe does not always close when he swallows. Because of this, there is the potential that Andrew could choke on food or even his own saliva.

All money raised will be used in a number of ways:

> Purchase expensive and necessary medical equipment.
> Daytrips for Andrew - necessary to maintain his mental health and to allow him to live his life. Andrew has been out of a hospital setting only a handful of times since his accident. These trips are expensive to arrange as Andrew requires specialised transport and support.
> Paying medical bills
> Pay for vital physiotherapy sessions.
> Enable Andrew to fulfill his dream of one day living as independently as possible.
> Safeguarding for Andrew's future - we do not know what Andrew's future holds. What we do know is that there will be many unforseen expenses to come.

Your donations will help Andrew to achieve his goal of living as independently as he can.

Andrew is a 32-year-old man with his whole life ahead of him. He is now in limbo. He is existing… he needs to start living again.


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