‘MIRACLE MAN’ OISIN TELLS TUBRIDY – “I’VE WON THE BATTLE BUT I HAVEN’T WON THE WAR”

first_imgMiracle man Oisin Merritt has disclosed the details of the horrific life-threatening injuries he sustained in a compelling interview with Ryan Tubridy on 2fm.Tubridy was broadcasting live from Dunfanaghy as part of their special feature on the Wild Atlantic Way. There was a great sense of fun and excitement all morning from Dunfanaghy but the show took on a more serious side during Tubridy’s fascinating and incredible interview with Oisin Merritt who has since been dubbed the ‘Miracle Man’.Oisin 20, from Stranorlar suffered serious head injuries when he fell 20ft from a balcony while holidaying with nine other friends on the popular Spanish Island of Santa Ponza.Oisin’s life-altering accident occurred exactly one year ago today.In an in-depth and moving interview Oisin spoke of how he has been overwhelmed about the support he has received since his injury and how it was a miracle he survived. However, Oisin did reveal that he struggles on a day-to-day basis with the psychological scars left from the accident.He also revealed how Galway man David Sullivan stumbling upon the accident ultimately saved his life.Oisin told Tubridy that David who is a qualified paramedic, had only just arrived on the Island when he stumbled across the scene of his accident.Oisin said, “His name is David Sullivan, and I owe my life to him really, I’d really love to thank him, I haven’t met him yet and I really want to meet him to say thank you properly.“We keep in contact which is good and he is a really nice fella, I just want to meet him to tell him to his face how grateful I am to him.He immediately cleared the area and began working on Oisin, David revealed afterwards to Oisin that he had worked frantically for twenty minutes before he seen any signs of life. Oisin said, “I regained consciousness for a few seconds and asked him was I going to die?“He said I’m not going to let you die Oisin, at that stage the ambulance came and transferred me to hospital.Oisin says he has no memory of his accident and no memory of when he initially came out of his coma.Incredibly Oisin revealed he has no memory of his first six months back in Ireland, and has no relocation of spending time in Letterkenny General Hospital, or beginning rehab in St. Conal’s. His first clear memory is doing rehab work at the National rehabilitation centre in Dún Laoghaire.Tubridy jokingly recalled how Oisin’s first words when he came round was to ask how Brazil were doing at the World Cup.Oisin said, “The doctor asked me what colour her glasses were, I said blue, then turned to my sister and said, ‘How are Brazil getting on at the World Cup?’“I had a bet on you see, so instead of asking what I was doing in hospital, I wanted to see how Brazil were getting on?Oisin then revealed how difficult it was for his family who he said received no good news during their time at Oisin’s bedside.“There were told on a number of occasions it’s not looking good, but on one particular day they were told to say their goodbyes to me.“My mum was actually told by doctors that your son is hanging on to the end of a cobweb with his baby finger and it’s going to snap at anytime.“Obviously then my family and my girlfriend had to come in and say their goodbyes to me and that was horrific for them.“My family back at home had started to clean up the house in preparation for a wake because they were told that I was not going to make it and it was only a matter of time.“I think it was about 48 hours later that I started fighting back and got the name the ‘Miracle Man’.Oisin then spoke bravely and openly about he has battled psychologically with his injuries and that he has to remain positive every day.He said when doctors told him he’d never play sport anymore that he felt his whole life had been taken away from him.Oisin said, “People have compassion for those in pain, but nobody can see the psychological pain, every doctor I’ve met so far has told me, I won’t play sport again.“I’m a huge sports man, seven days-a-week before the accident, so when they said contact sports for me is a no go it was hard to take.“For me your whole life was taken away from you, and you almost have to find a new identity and it’s a tough, tough road.“You just have to be mentally tough, but I just have to try and stay positive, there are so many simple things I can’t do.“Because I’m missing half my skull, I can’t go to a Donegal match in case anyone knocks into me, can’t go to nightclubs.“I’ve been told the slightest flick will put me back to square one, it’s very, very tough but you just have to stay positive and find a reason to get out of bed everyday and keep fighting.“I’ve won the battle, but I haven’t won the war.“Hopefully one day I’ll get back on that football pitch.‘MIRACLE MAN’ OISIN TELLS TUBRIDY – “I’VE WON THE BATTLE BUT I HAVEN’T WON THE WAR” was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2FMHome-page NewsMiracle ManOisin MerrittRyan Tubridylast_img read more

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