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Fundraising drive for Armagh man fighting for his life in US after terrible work accident

Sean Hughes with wife Emily and son Sean (2)
Sean Hughes with wife Emily and son Sean (2)

An Armagh man is fighting for his life after suffering a severe head injury while at work in the US.

Sean Hughes, who travelled over to Philadelphia five years ago, is currently in an induced coma in hospital following his horrific injury last Friday.

Sean, originally from Grange and a Pearse Og clubman, is married to Emily, and together they have little Sean together.

Friends of the family stateside have set up a GoFundMe and have raised a staggering $41,000 and counting since it was set up less than 24 hours ago.

A UK-based fundraiser has raised almost £10,000 in a similar time.

The fundraiser in the US, set up by Young Ireland’s GFC, said: “Sean has been living here happily for five years working hard and starting a family of his own.

“Emily and Sean have one son, Sean who is 2. Baby Sean is Sean’s world; he is doting father to say the least.

“He is a current player and proud active member with the Young Ireland’s GFC Senior team here in Philadelphia.

“We are aware that it is the holiday season and times are tough for everyone especially in the midst of this pandemic, but at this time please consider helping a fellow gael through this extremely tough time.

“We are also asking for prayers and good thoughts for Sean. He is indeed a fighter and we are praying that he will come out shining.”

The UK fundraiser will see funds raised for Sean’s mother, father and three brothers, to enable them to go out to America as soon as possible, to be by his side and help support his wife and young son.

The hope is that the fund will help to offset the costs of flights and visas, but given the current pandemic there will also be costs for testing and quarantine.

You can donate to the cause here.

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