Bring Mike Home

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Help a truly lovely young man get his future back. 
UPDATE Mike is out of the coma but there is a long road of recovery ahead of him.  His family have researched the best options qnd identified a rehab facility in the UK willing to take him They require proof of ability to pay in advance.  The costs are €50,000 per month and treatment is likely to take 6 months, maybe more. This is why we needed to increase our fundraising goal.   

Mike Curran was hit by a car in France and has suffered a traumatic brain injury.  He is in hospital in France and needs to be moved to a rehab facility in the UK.  The costs are immense.  

At the tail end of a trip of a lifetime Mike Curran, from Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland and girlfriend Sara O'Shea were just weeks away from returning home when tragedy struck. 

After cycling thousands of miles from their start in China, crossing multiple countries before reaching France, Mike and Sara had faced many perils together cycling across rough terrain in all weather, fixing punctures in the middle of no where and braving the frigid weather on mountainsides.  On their way to Paris they faced the worst peril of all, ordinary street traffic.   

Between Reims and Paris, making their way on the bikes that had carried them so far, the worst happened when Mike was hit by a car sustaining a traumatic brain injury.  He was thrown metres high landing on his head.  As a result of the accident he has suffered 5 haemorrhages to the brain, bleeding in the lungs, 2 fractured ribs, a broken nose and broken cheek bone.  Mike now needs urgent rehabilitative care.  It is the only way to get him fully back to himself.  Help us get Mike's future back for him.
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This week Mike starts his last week in rehab at the Wellington Hospital. The team have been amazing and his progress since Day 1 has been fantastic. From the head Neurologist being somewhat surprised to see Mike (he thought he wouldn’t make it from France having reviewed the notes) to where he is this week is simply amazing. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of so many people. The rehab facilities in the Wellington are some of the best in the world and because of this, Mike was given the best possible chance to recover. Although there is still a long road to go the team in the Wellington have set him on the right course and he is determined to get to the end of that road.

Since the last update there has been a few fundraisers for Mike. Two that I want to mention are the Lip-sync Battle organised by Waterville GAA in January and a fundraiser in London in February organised by several people from the London Irish community. The reason I mention these is that Mike was unable to attend these, but he wrote some words that were read out on the night expressing his gratitude which moved people to tears. I have included Mikes words below for you to read yourself.

The rehab has been intense, and Mike is jaded at the end of every day. He continues to work with his physio daily on his balance and mobility. And issues from the fall that are cropping up now, like shoulder damage and back/neck problems. He does a lot of cognitive work with his Occupational Therapist and Neuro Psychologist and he continues to see his Ophthalmologist to see if his eyes will return to full capability. He has had issues with his swallow and so he is seeing a Speech and Language therapist to rectify this. He must do “boring” exercises for this (his words not mine) but this should help and make it right in the future. He says he would love to be back pre-season training rather than doing the exercises he is doing now!

Mike will return home next week and will be assessed in Cork to assign him to the therapists he needs. He cannot wait to be home.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported Mike's cause. He got the help he needed at a crucial time and he is ever so grateful for that, as are Sara and his family. He is looking forward to the next stage of his recovery at home in Ireland and being closer to his friends and family.

Words from Mike shared at the
London Fundraiser held 9 February 2019

"It is very difficult to express in words just how much all of the fundraising and well wishes mean to me. I have received nothing but positive messages, thoughts and prayers since the day this all happened. I have felt so much love and support from such a wide community - family, friends, colleagues, people I've met on my travels and even from people I don't know. The support has been unwavering and tonight is another exhibit of this unwavering support. Two weeks ago the people of Waterville hosted a Lip Sync Battle for me and at the time I said that I feel so lucky to have such an amazing circle of friends and a truly amazing community all looking out for me. I feel that again tonight with this incredible event being organised to support me. The people of Waterville, Kerry and all of Ireland really are the best. And of course many people in the UK who have been equally awesome also. It has been amazing how people have come together to support their own.

Nineteen weeks ago today I was lying in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit in Robert Debre Hospital in Reims. My condition was critical and my future uncertain. Today, although I am not here in Quex Road tonight, my situation is very different. It is far removed from 29th September 2018 and my future is certain. I owe my gratitude to all of you here tonight and to all those that have donated to my cause to date. Your generosity and kindness is amazing. It is down to you all that I have been able to get the best treatment and rehabilitation in the Wellington Hospital. And because of this I am getting closer to my old self every day.

Thank you to everyone for organising such a great event including the auction (I am not gonna name names because I am afraid I will forget someone). And for everyone for attending including all those that have travelled from home to be here. My heart is full tonight."

Words from Mike - Lip-sync Battle

"I am extremely emotional lying here watching all my friends performing and doing this to help me out. I cannot put into words how this makes me feel. I feel so so lucky to be from Waterville and have such an amazing circle of friends and a truly amazing community all looking out for me. I don't know where or who I heard this from but it is 100% true. It doesn't take a family to raise a child. It takes a Community. And I am just extremely lucky to have been born in Waterville. Thanks so so much from the bottom of my heart for the constant support from when I was in a coma in France 4 months ago to this day. I dunno who reads our blog but I am always so amazed by the kindness we experienced in other countries BUT it is heart warming that my own people are just as kind as these people I wrote about. And when I needed the people of Waterville most they were there for me... thank ye all again and look forward to seeing ye all over the months when I get home"
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Hi everyone:

Happy New Year to you all. We hope that you enjoyed the break over Christmas and New Year. Although we're sure it all seems like a distant memory already!

Following receipt of medical clearance from his Consultant, Mike was able to return to Waterville for a break over Christmas. He spent two weeks there with his family which he really enjoyed.

We are all back to work now - as is the case for Mike and his rehabilitation. He already has one week of therapies down.

Mike is now at a stage where he can live outside of the hospital with Sara and proceed with normal day to day living. While he no longer requires inpatient care in the hospital, he still needs to attend the hospital on a daily basis for outpatient therapies. All of the therapies remain the same - he continues to work with his Occupational Therapist, Neuro-Psychologist and Physical Therapist and also is still under the care of the head Neurologist.

Living outside of the hospital presents challenges itself in terms of getting by on a day to day basis. Mike will be exposed to more tasks and will need to start doing more of the "normal" things associated with every day living - cooking, cleaning, planning, travelling to and from the hospital, shopping etc. With all of this comes increased fatigue and as I have mentioned before this is one of the main side effects from a traumatic brain injury. Whilst Mike enjoyed his time over Christmas meeting family and friends he did notice his fatigue levels increase. The fatigue will continue to dominate his daily life and it is something he is constantly struggling with.

In light of this new development (which can only be seen as a positive thing for Mike's recovery), the costs associated with his treatment are lower than previously anticipated back in October. Therefore we have adjusted the fund raising target. Once Mike is as close as possible to himself/100% and he requires no further treatment, any remaining funds will be donated to another worthy cause.

We want to give a special mention to those involved with the fundraisers that took place over the last few months and indeed over Christmas - Iveragh Tractor Club, Caherciveen Card Players, Templemore Garda College, walks organised by Waterville and Caherdaniel GAA and a walk and cycle organised by Waterville and Valentia GAA. Stationary cycles organised by Grant Thornton and St.Brigid's GAA. In addition to fundraisers there have been many people who have donated money directly to Mike's cause and are not named on the online site- a huge thank you to all of these people also. Without all of the people involved in these fundraisers and in spreading the word of Michael's accident and what he needed, he would not be in the position he is now.

We thank you all so much for your generosity and support to date. Your generosity, encouragement and words of support have been nothing short of amazing.

Thank you,
Mike and Sara and all our families
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Ok folks, here is a more comprehensive update on Mike's condition. Its a bit long but it will give you the full picture.

Update on Mike Curran
Despite the severity of his injuries Mike is incredibly positive, as are his entire medical team, Sara and his family. Keeping a positive outlook and approach to the rehab program is a critical element to his success in the long run.

The good people around him and the incredible support he is receiving from friends all across the world but especially those at home in Ireland boosts his morale on a daily basis. It gives him the energy to keep pushing forward.

While the rehab is expensive, €12,500 per week, the care and treatment Mike is getting is exceptional. He has up top 30 hours per week of therapy, working with an interdisciplinary team of physios, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, a neurologist, ophthalmologist and neuro-psychologist.

The combination of these therapies provide Mike with the best opportunity to fully return to his old self, to regain his independence and to move forward with his life.

Fatigue, physical and mental is a huge side effect of the traumatic brain injury. The therapies are very intense so Mike needs a lot of rest. He must use the evenings and weekends and any time away from the therapies to rest and refuel.

His brain needs to be treated extremely gently and he must switch off as much as possible in order to give it the time it needs to recover from the trauma. Even just chatting or watching tele can be a strain, contributing to fatigue and exhaustion.

The consultant neurologist on Mike’s case leads the whole team of therapists and oversees the development and implementation of his rehab program. He provides clinical and medical expertise regarding the injuries to Mike’s brain.

The physio team provide Mike with therapies and exercises to work on re-building muscle mass and getting his balance back. There has been a degree of atrophy a result of being bed-bound so they are working to get him back to pre-accident levels, or as close to that as possible. He has 3 physio sessions per day.

Mike has been experiencing a lot of dizziness since the accident and this has also impacted his balance. The physio team has been doing motion sensitivity tests in order to help him with these problems.

He is also working with the vestibular physio team. This work focuses on the elements of balance that are controlled by the inner ear. As a result of these sessions some of the dizziness Mike had been experiencing has subsided and he has greater control over his movements.

There is a long way to go yet but Mike is heading in the right direction. He is making great strides and is pretty mobile. He has a lot of hard work to do on the muscle imbalance but he is gaining strength every day. Mike was never afraid of a bit of hard training so he is enjoying seeing the results as he gets fitter and stronger every day.

Occupational Therapists are helping Mike on a daily basis with vocational and everyday living tasks and giving him the confidence and independence to get on with the normal tasks of everyday life – things ranging from cooking for himself to running errands.

Speech & Language therapists in addition to assessing Mike's verbal communication also work with him on non-verbal communication. The SLT works with Mike on his processing and interpretation of information.

The Neuro-Psychologist works with Mike daily. He has been through a very traumatic experience which of course has had more than just a physical impact on him. The Neuropsychologist meets Mike to assess his cognitive and processing ability while also providing emotional support.

Mike has met a number of other healthcare professionals from maxi-facial specialists who have been looking at the broken bones in his face to the Ophthalmologist who has assessed his vision. His vision has been causing him ongoing problems since the accident. He now needs to wear glasses full time. He is still getting used to the new addition to his face.

The prognosis for Mike is very positive. His Consultant Neurologist said that there is no reason why Mike cannot return to his old self with time and the right therapy.

For all of you who know Mike you will know what a determined character he is. He has shown incredible strength, resilience and determination during this terrible time. He is reassured by his great progress to date but he is also incredibly humbled and touched by all of those that have organised and participated in fundraisers, supported the Gofundme campaign and by all of the well wishes, kind words, thoughts and prayers.

Without your support this amazing and comprehensive therapy Mike is receiving would never have been possible. Without your support, the clinic would never have even accepted Mike as a patient. It t is down to you, dear kind, generous people, that Mike will ultimately be able to return to his former life.

Words alone cannot possibly express the gratitude everyone who cares about Mike feels for all of you.

Thank you.
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Well the news is all good here. Last Wednesday Mike and Sara's former co-workers at Grant Thornton took to their bikes in 3 different offices across Ireland - Galway, Dublin, Belfast. 92 cyclists over the three locations covered a distance of 1536.3 KM

These wonderful people at Grant Thornton helped raise €8,000 with more bits and pieces coming in but more than that….the partners of the company have agreed to match this so the staff and partners of Grant Thornton will be donating over €16,000 to Mike's rehab fund. Wooooohooooo!!!!!!!

Louise Barry who helped organise the event said. " It feels like small change when this only covers a week and half of treatment but the it was great to see everyone get involved to support Mike and Sara."

There is no such thing as small change when great people come together to support a great cause. Huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone at Grant Thornton for their participation and support.
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