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IrelandDevastated parents of Zac Higgins reveal he suffered traumatic brain injury in Cork hit-and-run

16:40  08 april  2019
16:40  08 april  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Devastated parents of Zac Higgins reveal he suffered traumatic brain injury in Cork hit-and-run © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

The parents of a toddler who was knocked down in a Cork hit-and-run have revealed the little boy has suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Zac Higgins was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle outside his home near Mahon in Cork on March 25.

The two-year-old is being treated at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin where he has been diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury (DAI) to the brain.

Devastated parents of Zac Higgins reveal he suffered traumatic brain injury in Cork hit-and-run © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Father Of Hit-And-Run Toddler Zac Higgins Overwhelmed By Well-Wishes

Devastated parents Aisling and Paul thanked the public for their support and revealed the extent of the little boy’s injuries in a statement.

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It said: ‘We would like to start by thanking everyone from all over the country for their continued support last week. Our baby boy Zac was diagnosed with a DAI brain injury, to say we are devastated is an understatement.

Devastated parents of Zac Higgins reveal he suffered traumatic brain injury in Cork hit-and-run © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

We don’t know what the future holds for little Zac but we do know we will be by his side every step of the way.

‘It’s going to be a very long road to recovery, but we have faith in God and we want everyone to continue to pray for a miracle.’

A DAI — diffuse axonal injury — is one of the most common of traumatic head injuries which will require intensive rehabilitation.

Zac was playing in the garden of his home at Castle Meadows off Skehard Road when he ran out onto the road after a ball on March 25 at around 4pm.

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Devastated parents of Zac Higgins reveal he suffered traumatic brain injury in Cork hit-and-run © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

The toddler was struck by a car which failed to stop and left lying in the middle of the road in the cul-de-sac.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help Zac’s family with any bills which they have faced or will face during his hospital stay and recovery.

You can donate to the fundraising account here, or you can lodge a donation at St Michael’s Credit Union with these details: Iban: IE48MICI99222419052804. Bic: MICIIE21.

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