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Mark McGovern's debt mounting daily in San Francisco

Fermanagh’s Mark McGovern, the Gaelic footballer who suffered a serious brain injury while playing in San Francisco, has amassed over $1.1m in debt over the course of his five weeks in intensive care.

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HIS LIFE MAY no longer be in  danger, but Gaelic footballer Mark McGovern’s difficulties are far from over.

The Fermanagh native suffered a serious brain injury upon being struck by an opposition player during his first match for a San Francisco-based GAA club a little over a month ago. He then slipped into a coma, only to regain consciousness weeks later.

According to Irish Central’s James O’Brien, the bill for McGovern’s treatment already exceeds $1.1m, with costs only likely to increase as he begins a lengthy course of specialised treatment:

“Mark McGovern spent five weeks in San Francisco General Hospital intensive care unit in a critical condition. During this time, Mark suffered a severe bout of pneumonia along with infection from the MRSA bug. Both conditions were considered life-threatening, but… [he] overcame both and has recently started an intensive course of rehabilitation.”

The police have identified a suspect in the assault, also from Ireland, but pending legal action, the family of the inter-county star have moved to establish a charitable fund in the injured player’s name. Details can be found at

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