Joy as Dublin Dad returns home

by Amy Rohu
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A Dublin man who suffered a brain injury last year is finally returning home after a year in hospital

Dad-of-two Des Vallely from Monkstown was riding his electric bicycle in Dublin City last January when he was involved in an accident in a cycle lane. His helmet was insufficient to protect him from a blow against a cycling bollard and he was rushed to Beaumont Hospital.

After life-saving surgery Des eventually opened his eyes again but unfortunately this was all he could move. After extensive rehab in the National Rehabilitation Hospital since, Des is now in a position where he can continue to recover at home.

Des’s wife Tara Dalton set up a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising €400,000 for his rehabilitation at home.

The page has now surpassed €402,596. “Last Thursday, Disability Services finally approved Des’s care plan which will allow him to return home. When we got the news, I honestly thought I was going to cry which is not like me!  Des has found his voice and is talking which is amazing. This started about five or six weeks ago, around the time when he started coming home to visit at weekends. It is so lovely to have a conversation with him again,” she said.

Fundraiser by Tara Dalton : Walk Des Home – Vallely Family Appeal (

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