A young woman with Cootehill links, who suffered a near-fatal blood clot while teaching in the Middle East, is set to return to Ireland later this week to continue her medical treatment here.
The update on the condition of Trim-native Aisling Brady (26) comes after over €4,600 was raised following the 5/10/15km Manhunt ride, run or walk event in Maudabawn on December 29 last.
Co-organised by the Drumlin Hounds, with whom Aisling use to ride, and Cavan Kayakarun, the event saw more than 150 runners including several athletic clubs participate, with around 20 others taking part on horseback.
The event titled ‘Doing it for Aisling’ also received significant donations as well as incomings from a well-supported raffle.
“It was just incredible,” Aisling’s aunt Geraldine Fitzgerald said of the generosity and effort shown by the local community in contributing to the hugely successful event. “It was an eventful and emotional few days,” she told The Anglo-Celt this week.
Geraldine and Aisling’s dad Terry all hail from the Kill area near Cootehill, and the family say they are so thankful for all the support so far.
Working in the United Arab Emirates, Aisling was prepping for her class on November 27 when she fainted.
A GoFundMe page set up by Aisling’s boyfriend Kristian Mansfield to aid her future care has, to date, managed to raise over €150,000, and she is now due to return back in Ireland this coming Friday, January 5. She will arrive via air ambulance from the Gulf State. While Aisling’s condition is said to be “improving”, her treatment will be continued at Dublin’s Mater Hospital.
“Our main concern has always been to get [Aisling] home here to Ireland,” Geraldine said. She added: “Hopefully things will keep progressing from there.”