October 21, 2019, 7:43


Con O’Callaghan to auction signed All-Ireland final jersey for clubmate with  brain injury

Con O’Callaghan to auction signed All-Ireland final jersey for clubmate with brain injury

Dublin star Con O’Callaghan is to auction off his All-Ireland final jersey for charity.

The auction will raise funds for Sean Drummond, who suffered a traumatic brain injury last March.

Drummond and O’Callaghan are clubmates at Cuala GAA and the jersey – signed by the five-in-a-row winning Dublin team – will be auctioned on eBay.

A GoFundMe page – Support4Drummo – has also been set up to help raise funds, which has collected more than €54,000.

According to the GoFundMe page, Drummond was knocked down in London and “suffered a traumatic brain injury with multiple skull and facial fractures”.

“He was brought straight to theatre for life-saving surgery to stop the bleeding and to relieve pressure on his brain in order to save his life.

“Within his first 72 hours in hospital, Sean was on life support in the Acute Care Unit and had to undergo two more emergency operations to remove large sections of his skull to reduce the pressure due to swelling on his brain.

“For the next two months, Sean lay in bed in a coma, fighting infections, whereby every day there were new challenges.

“In May, he finally underwent extremely complex surgery to insert artificial plates in his skull. It was the first time that surgeons have replaced this much skull in a patient.”

Last June, Drummond was able to breathe without the help of a machine and in July he was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in Putney “a programme of intensive rehabilitation”.

complete a famous five-in-a-row by beating Kerry in a replay last weekend.

The attacker chipped in with three points on the day to add a fourth All-Ireland medal to his collection.

You can donate to Drummond’s GoFundMe page here.

You can bid on O’Callaghan’s jersey here.

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