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Major fundraising campaign for teenage Cork club GAA player paralysed after fall in Storm Emma

Jack O’Driscoll played football and hurling for Mayfield GAA club, and soccer for St Mary’s AFC.

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OVER €50,000 HAS been raised in a day for a fund set up to aid a young Cork club GAA player who was paralysed from the chest down after a freak accident earlier this month.

19-year-old Jack O’Driscoll from Mayfield was out in the snow with friends on Thursday 1 March prior to the red alert for Storm Emma when an awkward fall resulted in him fracturing his C5 vertebrate in his neck.

He was brought to Cork University Hospital immediately after the accident but was subsequently transferred to Dublin to undergo surgery in the Mater Hospital, where he is currently being cared for.

A fundraising campaign was started yesterday with the target of raising €200,000 towards the treatment and support he will require. At the time of writing, it has raised €57,390.

O’Driscoll played hurling and football for Mayfield GAA club, and soccer for St Mary’s AFC.

He was part of the Mayfield panel that won the All-Ireland junior hurling club title last year while studying for his Leaving Cert.

A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise €200,000 for a teen left paralysed after a freak fall just as Storm Emma was about to hit Jack O'Driscoll (19), a keen sportsman, was walking to his Mayfield home in Cork in adherence with the red alert from Met Eireann before the storm hit when he suffered a freak fall in the snow and ice. Tragically, the young man suffered a serious injury to his spine in the fall on March 1, which occurred two hours before the full storm warning came into effect. Now, a special GoFundMe appeal has revealed the teen fractured his C5 vertebrae in his neck and now faces possibly being left paralysed from the chest down. The appeal aims to raise €200,000 for Jack given his new medical and living needs. "Jack was brought to Cork University Hospital immediately after the accident," explained the appeal fund launched by family and friends "However the severity of his injury required him to be transferred to the Dublin to undergo surgery in the Mater https://www.gofundme.com/jackod-fund#

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Last October he was man-of-the-match at midfield for Mayfield when they won the Cork intermediate hurling league final against Sarsfields, while he was also playing for Freshers GAA teams in Cork IT.

Several GAA figures have backed the fundraising the drive.

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