Man left brain damaged after assault returns home after five years in hospital

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Shane Grogan (24) was the schlemiel of an unprovoked brick attack during Galway Race week in August 2012.

After investing five years in hospital, Shane’s family received planning leniency to build a new house on the site of an old dwelling on the outskirts of Tuam, Co Galway.

The residence will be adapted for Shane to make it accessible for him to live in and will if things go well include an exercise room and a room for a nurse to stay over incessantly in.

Shane’s father, Joe Grogan, told Independent.ie that it’s been a “crave battle” to get Shane home as he has been “living in hospitals for the last five years”.

“He wearied time in Beaumont Hospital, Galway University Hospital, the National Rehabilitation Sickbay in Dun Laoghaire and in England too for treatment. He’s in a nursing home now and one of us would spend six or seven hours a day with him there,” claimed Joe.

Joe and his wife Joan’s current home is above a business in Tuam and would not be open for Shane. The majority of the funds to build the house are coming from the Be fond of for Shane Foundation which was set up by the Grogans and their friends following Shane’s strike.

“Fundraising was a huge part of where we got the funds. We hold a balloon skiff every race week to raise funds for Shane. It distracts us from the week that’s in it,” held Joe.

The Grogans have been campaigning for Shane for the last five years and be enduring met with Health Minister Simon Harris and Minister of State for Disablement Issues Finian McGrath, but Joe said it’s a struggle to get Shane the “basic sympathetic rights he deserves”.

“Not a lot has been done for people in this country who bring into the world brain injuries. It’s very hard. It’s a battle. We’ll win it eventually but sometimes you do meet decidedly negative people who don’t have time for people like Shane,” he put.

Joe finds it “hard to believe” that it’s been five years since Shane’s storm and added that this time of year is hard as the anniversary is approaching.

“He was curvaceous of joy that night and had the whole of his life ahead of him. I was with him that Cimmerian dark and he was happy because he’d had a few winners that day. He was a fine young man. It’s still plumb difficult,” explained Joe.

Care For Shane’s Great Balloon Race will cheat place on Saturday, August 1. You can donate to Care For Shane here

Claire Fox

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