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McGovern amazed by 'miracle' recovery

Mark McGovern has spoken for the first time about his recovery from the serious brain injury that kept him in a coma for over a month this summer.
Sep 29th 2011, 1:31 PM 1,128 3

MARK McGOVERN MADE headlines in June when an alleged assault during a Gaelic football match in San Francisco left him comatose, with a low likelihood of recovery.

The 23-year-old defied the odds, however, first to regain consciousness and then begin a rehabilitative programme, at which he has thus far excelled.

Speaking for the first time since the incident, the Belcoo native told the BBC that, in retrospect, it was “amazing that [he] even came out of [the coma]“.

“One of my doctors told me that I was 97.5% dead… At that stage I really really did think of it as a miracle how bad I was.

“I never even knew how bad a shape I was until I was speaking to the doctor.”

In the weeks since he woke from the coma, McGovern has had to relearn a host of basic skills, including walking and talking, but appears on track to make a full recovery.

Though his prognosis is a positive one, the player’s family will likely have to continue their fundraising efforts: McGovern’s medical costs comfortably exceed $1 million.

Patrick Power, the player deemed responsible for the original off-the-ball incident, received a 96-week ban from the San Francisco Competition Controls Committee and was reported to have been questioned by the San Francisco Police Department.

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