Update: Relief for family of sick young Mountmellick boy Ben Connolly

Update: Relief for family of sick young Mountmellick boy Ben Connolly

Ben Connolly making his communion with Kolbe Special School in St Peter & Paul's Church Portlaoise in May 2017.

Following a request for prayers for the recovery of sick young Mountmellick boy last Thursday January 4, there is good news today Monday January 8.

Ben Connolly, 8, was born with a rare, life limiting condition called Allan Herndon Dudley Syndrome, that causes seizures, brain damage and loss of muscle control.

His little brother Jake had the same condition but sadly passed away aged 2 in 2016.

Ben is lovingly cared for at home by his parents Nicolette and Terence, and a team of nurses. He took a turn for the worst last week when a tummy virus caused a 'status dystonicus episode'.

He was admitted to Portlaoise hospital on January 3, with prayers requested for his recovery.

On Friday the news came that Ben was out of danger, and last night Sunday January 8, a further announcement came that he was safely back home after being discharged from Portlaoise hospital.

"As we post, Ben is tucked up, safe & sound in his own bed," a post on the Ben and Jake Connolly Trust facebook page states.

"He was released from hospital late on Friday evening & we are beyond relieved. He has an appointment in Temple Street tomorrow. We truly believe in the power of positive prayer & vibes. Yours have been so welcome. Once again, thank you. It feels good to know you are with us on this journey. X".

A wheelchair accessible house is being built in Mountmellick in the name of Ben and Jake, and needs a final push of public donations to see it completed, so that Ben be able to move into it with his family. In time it will be made available to other families of seriously ill children.

To donate or learn more, see

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