When he reached Beaumont, the doctors had already reviewed his CT scan from Cavan and their initial assumption was that they weren’t going to be able to even operate on Jonny as the injury he had sustained was so bad, but thankfully when the Neurosurgeon looked into Jonathan’s eye in that split second his pupil flickered which indicated there was some brain activity and they decided to operate on Jonny.
We were then taken into a relative’s room and told that the likelihood of Jonny making it to midnight was very slim. To receive news like this is so hard to express in words, it feels like all your worst nightmares are coming true and that it can’t be real because we were only joking and chatting with Jonny a few hours earlier but even after being told something like this, we all still truly believed that Jonny would pull through, we knew he was a fighter and we knew we had to stay positive for Jonny and pray for a miracle that he would make it through the night and we are so very thankful that he did.
The outlook that the medical team gave us for Jonny wasn’t positive at all, they advised that he may be in a coma for a long period of time and that if he came out of it he may require long term support in order to breathe, that he could go into cardiac arrest or be left in a vegetated state, that he would most likely be fed through a tub for the rest of his life, that he wouldn’t regain movement in his body and that Jonny most likely would never ever speak or understand speech because that part of the brain was completely gone.
Two weeks after the accident Jonny came off the ventilator and was put on a tracheostomy and then to everyone’s surprise, three days later Jonny started to breathe on his on, this was the first massive step into Jonny’s recovery. Shortly after, Jonny opened his eyes and then he spoke for the first time, we got to facetime Jonny that day and to hear him speak and hear his voice after so many weeks was just absolutely incredible, we asked him how are feeling and his reply was ‘I’m not so bad, how’s yourself’ and we all just cried with happiness, it was absolutely amazing.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and Jonny was transferred to Cavan Hospital and then on to Monaghan Rehabilitation Hospital where he is currently undergoing physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy. Jonny is having his Cranioplasty surgery on the 20th of October and we believe this will be the start of the next chapter in his recovery. He is then planned to go to the NRH in Dun Laoghaire for intense rehabilitation. Jonny has a long road ahead of him, but his drive and determination will get him through the remainder of his recovery. Jonny hasn’t got full movement on his right side yet and he has yet to regain his eyesight back. We believe through positivity and prayers that Jonny will make a full recovery and will continue to defy every odd.
Jonny is very focused on coming back home and one day hopes to return to his job as a Civil Engineer in Dublin. We are required to make changes to our house and build an extension suitable for Jonny’s needs and purchase any equipment that is required for Jonny, with that there are huge costs involved. This is our reason for setting up the Go Fund Me page to help with these associated costs, it would be a dream come true to have our Jonny back home to us. Any and all donations would mean the world to us!
We will continue to keep you updated on Jonny’s progress.
Thank you all so much for your support.
The Mulligan Family
- Anne Edwards
- Thomas and Bridie Brady
- Roseanne & Martina Kiernan
- Robert Kane
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