A brave young Rockwell College student has vowed to take his campaign to the Dail in order to improve services for teenagers who suffer Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).
Conor Devlin (15) son of Michael and Catriona Devlin from Annacarthy suffered a serious brain injury as a result of a car accident on December 3rd, 2012. Now fully recovered Conor is planning to use the anniversary of his accident to highlight the lack of services for young people. The car accident took place in Dundrum when the family car was in collision with a tractor. “After the accident I was rushed by ambulance to Clonmel. I had numerous tests and in the end I had two skull fractures, one to my cheek bone and a fractured base of skull.” Despite suffering numerous serious head injuries, Conor said that his troubles only really surfaced when he tried to avail of services for people with ABI. “There are no such services in Ireland for 13 to 17 year olds. My mother made numerous phonecalls and emails looking for help. Thankfully after numerous calls my mum got to talk to Mary Heffernan from Acquired Brain Injury in Cashel. They went completely beyond their remit to help me.” Conor has arranged a petition, and will appear on TV3’s Ireland AM on the first anniversary of his accident on December 3rd while at 3.30pm on the same day he will address a group of TDs in Dail Eireann about ABI in Ireland.