“It is time for change. It is time for a revolution in rehabilitation.” - Not our words but those of the person appointed by the Government of Ireland and the HSE as the National Director of Clinical Strategy and Programmes, Dr Áine Carroll. (Irish Examiner, 03.02.2011)
Pádraig Schäler (also known as Patrick, Paddy, ‘Schaler’, and Big P!) was knocked off his bicycle as he cycled to work on Cape Cod on Thursday, 27 June 2013, at 10am. He has remained in a coma ever since. He had just finished his undergraduate studies in Trinity College and had planned to spend the summer on a J1 working visa in the US while considering which of his many plans for the future he should pursue.
After a few weeks in Cape Cod Hospital, his family brought him home to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Four months later, they decided to move him to a dedicated early neuro-rehab facility in Hamburg, Germany.
The family have had to cover very significant expenses since the accident happened. His air ambulance flight to Germany alone cost 12,000 euro and had to be paid for by them.
Many people have asked if they could help ease the financial burden on Pádraig’s family. For anyone who would like to make a contribution, the following account has been set up:
AIB, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.
Name on Account Caring For Padraig
Sort Code 93-35-70
Account Number 51728089
IBAN IE70 AIBK 9335 7051 7280 89
Alternatively, you can contribute online.
A special committee has been set up to coordinate the fundraising efforts and to administer any funding raised. This committee is independent of the family and will be fully accountable of how any money raised is spent. (For further details on fundraising see: About)
The family will use all their energy, once Pádraig’s condition has improved, to highlight the shortcomings of insurance policies sold to young students planning to work abroad; the inadequate protection of cyclists in the US by the authorities; and, most importantly, the lack of appropriate care and therapy for patients with brain injury in Ireland.
(Pádraig’s father writes a personal blog about the move to Germany at www.hospi-tales.com. You can contact him on 087-6736414)
Please send any questions or comments you might have to CaringforPadraig@gmail.com.
Last changed 08 March 2014