GoFundMe set up for Mallow boy seriously injured on trip to Paris

A CORK boy, who suffered serious injuries in an accident while on holiday, is being tested at Temple Street Children’s Hospital to determine the extent of his injuries.

Kevin O’Callaghan, a sixth form pupil from Dromahane, Mallow, had traveled with his family to Paris during the mid-term break.

They had planned a visit to some of the main tourist attractions in the French city, as well as a trip to Disneyland.

Speaking to The Echo, Kevin’s sister, Rachel O’Callaghan, explained how the family spent the first few days of their vacation seeing the sights.

“The first two days, we were in Paris. He [Kevin] had a ball. We had been to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre.

“He is crazy about sports and we went to PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] Stadium. He had a bullet,” she said.

The family was looking forward to visiting Disneyland. However, the day before the theme park trip, Kevin suffered serious injuries while playing in a playground.

“However he fell, he was instantly paralyzed and he said everything was a blur and he couldn’t get up,” Rachel explained.

Kevin was rushed to hospital that evening. When scans revealed the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to Necker Hospital in Paris and underwent surgery for spinal compression the following day.

Kevin O’Callaghan. Photo provided by the family.

The Cork boy was transferred to Temple Street Hospital by air ambulance on Wednesday, where doctors are assessing his injuries.

Rachel said they were now waiting to see what the plan would do.

She said Kevin was expected to face a long road to rehabilitation.

She said Kevin showed signs of moving, which gave them some hope.

“There is movement so there is hope,” she said.

“He’s sports obsessed and athletic – we all pray and hope that pleases God [he makes a good recovery]”.

The local Mallow community has already started to rally around the family. A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds to help support Kevin’s family and his treatment has already raised over €9,000.

To donate to the fund, see www.gofundme.com.

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