Bring Mike Home

€133,971 of €140,000 goal

Raised by 1,897 people in 3 months
Created October 17, 2018
Team Mike
on behalf of Michael Curran
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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Update 16
Posted by Kieran Clifford
3 days ago
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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Update 15
Posted by Kieran Clifford
1 month ago
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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Update 14
Posted by Kieran Clifford
1 month ago
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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Update 13
Posted by Kieran Clifford
1 month ago
We have received a number of queries as to how the Gofundme page works. I thought it might help people understand it better if I explained it a bit.

Gofundme is a form of crowd funding. Crowd funding simply refers to the process of making a call for financial support via all available platforms. In the case of fundraising for Michael, we have gotten the message out there via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and also through media interviews in various newspapers and on radio.

The way Gofundme works is that someone sets up a page, in this case it was me and administers the page by providing updates and sending thank you letters.

A beneficiary must be named and a bank account designated to which funds can be withdrawn from the Gofundme account and lodged to the beneficiary’s bank account.

Gofund me charges a very small fee for each donation and and overall percentage of the funds raised. But this really is, in total, a very negligible amount compared to what is being raised.

As administrator I have no access to any of the funds raised.

Michael Curran is the beneficiary of all fundraising. Therefore he has control over the funds being withdrawn and they can only be lodged into his personal bank account. This way, Michael and Sara can directly make the weekly payments of €12,500 to the Wellington Clinic where Michael is receiving treatment.

All funds raised are specifically designated for Michael’s medical treatment and rehabilitation. There will be a full accounting of funds raised and spent at the end of the year and quarterly thereafter as long as is required.

I can assure you and everyone who has been so generous that everything is completely above board. Everyone in the Curran and O'Shea families are committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in terms of the way the funds are being collected and then spent.

I hope this helps explain things. But if anyone has any further quetions please don't hesitate to contact me directly. All the best, Kieran
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Raised by 1,897 people in 3 months
Created October 17, 2018
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