Locals fundraising for Paddy Hansard one month on from vicious assault

by Dublin Gazette
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Paddy Hansard, who was injured in a savage attack in Ballybough in August, has a ‘long road ahead’ for his recovery, over a month after his assault.

Paddy Hansard (73) was assaulted outside his home at Courtney Place flats in Ballybough on August 17 as he returned home from the pub. It is alleged that the father of five was attacked from behind with a shovel.

He suffered serious head injuries and broken bones in his neck, and is currently in a high dependency ward in the Mater Hospital.

In the wake of the attack, vigils were held as the community rallied around Paddy’s family and friends, providing support.

Now, a GoFundMe has been raised to help his family afford Paddy’s mounting medical costs, and for his future care and rehabilitation.

The fundraising page details that following the attack, Paddy spent several weeks in a critical condition after suffering three bleeds to the brain.

“The highly respected family man, who has five adult children, along with four brothers and 11 sisters, was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital by emergency services, where he remained in a critical condition for several weeks.

He suffered three bleeds to his brain and broken bones in his neck and as a result remains in a neck brace, suffers with confusion, concentration issues and a continuing loss of movement on his left side,” it reads.

Retired scaffolder Paddy had also been on life support, with medical staff unsure if the 73-year-old would be able to survive his injuries.

“[Paddy’s daughter] Linda and her four siblings Sandra, Debbie, Paul and Mark are all dealing with what has happened to their much loved father in different ways. For Linda she is coming to terms with how life, “can change within seconds.”

“Linda and the wider family circle are trying to come to terms with the financial costs of what the attack will mean for Paddy’s current and future medical care and rehabilitation. It is a long road ahead for Paddy and his close knit family,” the GoFundMe Page says.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, local councillor Nial Ring says it’s ‘no surprise’ that the community have rallied around the much loved Ballybough man.

“It is no surprise to me that the local community have set up a GoFundMe page to help towards what could be huge medical and care expenses for Paddy Hansard.

Paddy has a long road ahead and he deserves the best of medical and practical care. The medical team in the Mater Hospital have looked after Paddy brilliantly, but the family know a time will come when, hopefully, Paddy will be home amongst his friends and neighbours in Ballybough.

“They are committed to providing Paddy with all the care he needs – whether medical, psychological, practical or personal,” Ring said.

The family are hoping to raise €50,000 to cover all of Paddy’s current and future costs. For more information, or to donate, visit GoFundMe.com/PaddyHansardFund.

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