Friends have rallied to support a cyclist facing months of rehab after a trip of a lifetime ended in tragedy in France.
Michael Curran, 32, was on the last leg of his journey from China to Ireland when he was involved in a horror smash in France which left him with a severe brain injury.
Pals of the former St Brigid’s Castleknock GAA player have pledged €100,000 towards his recovery through an appeal which was set up just seven days ago.
Mike and his partner Sara O’Shea had spent over a year on their bucket list tour when he was struck by a car two weeks ago between Reims and Paris.
The devoted couple had already pedalled thousands of miles negotiating rough terrain braving harsh weather conditions and fixing punctures in the middle of nowhere.
His cousin Kieran Clifford, one of the fund organisers, said: “They had been on a round the world trip and had decided that they were going to travel from China on push bikes home.
“They had already cycled through Uzbekistan, India, Iran and Turkey. They made it through all kind of climates and got to France. They were on an ordinary street when they came around a corner on their bikes and from out of nowhere a car hit Michael.”
Accountant Mike was thrown metres into the air landing on his head. He suffered five haemorrhages to the brain, bleeding in the lungs, two fractured ribs, a broken nose and a broken cheek bone.
He was left in a coma but has since awoken. However the severity of his brain injury will require intenstive rehab. The most suitable facility for his road to recovery is in the UK where treatment costs €50,000 per month.
Kieran said: “There is a long road of recovery ahead and treatment is likely to take six months. People’s generosity has blown us away. I think it’s a testament to Michael and Sara and the wonderful people they are.”
The rehab facility requires proof of payment up front and the GoFundMe page has a target of €300,000 to give Mike a fighting chance of getting his life back.
To donate visit the GoFundMe.