Dubliner who suffered serious brain injury in ‘freak’ accident offered ‘miracle’ lifeline by HSE
By Alan O’Keeffe – Full Article
Padraig Schaler, a young man from Dublin, was left severely brain damaged and unable to move or speak after being hit by a pick-up truck in Massachusetts as he cycled to his summer job.
Padraig is to get new hope in a converted tobacco factory in Dublin, near his home in Glasnevin. The tobacco factory will be converted to provide intensive rehabilitation therapy for Padraig and a few other people with acquired severe brain injuries.
Padraig’s German-born father Reinhard Schaler (59) said it feels like “a miracle” that the HSE has agreed to pay €1.5m to fund a three-year intensive therapy programme for a small number of patients on a pilot basis.