Mountmellick electrician Robert Dempsey, left battling a major brain injury after a motorbike accident in Australia, has returned home.
Robert aged 24, was accompanied on the flight from Perth yesterday, Monday July 21, by his parents Dolores and Paul, who have spent most of the 15 weeks since the accident by his side helping him.
“It is great to be back home. No matter how good the care was over there, it is better for Robert to be around family and friends,” said Paul, who thanked his and Dolores’ respective employers, the ESB and MDA, for their support.
Robert who hit the side of his head off the ground, had to relearn how to talk and walk.
“We didn’t know how injured he was for the first seven or eight weeks, because he didn’t talk. There were lots of unknowns. Thankfully he has made great leaps, exceeding every target. The last few weeks he has gone from a weak smile to a good jolly laugh” his father said.
Support from home such as a Croagh Patrick climb, spurred Robert on to recover.
“We would read out messages, and he started to get interested and eventually talk on the phone,” Paul said. Rehabilitation will continue.
“The signs are he will make a very good recovery,” he said.