He has defied all odds. It’s a Miracle. Interview Aisling O’ Brennan- Sister of Cormac O’Brennan

Written 5 months ago by Tara McCormack


Cormac O’Brennan (20), who moved to New Zealand on a work visa last September, was enjoying a trip to a nearby coastal town on an expedition with his friends when he fell 65ft off a cliff.

The family were told Cormac was after experiencing severe head injuries, hip and pelvis injuries, and extensive facial injuries.

The apprentice electrician was airlifted to hospital, where doctors immediately operated due to swelling on the brain. He had to have a significant part of the skull removed during this operation.

The surgery went better than expected. Starting a slow progression to a near impossible recovery. Reducing sedition after a two week period in an induced coma, Cormac made some reactions to family voices.

“He has defied all odds. The hospital have told us that it’s a complete miracle” his sister Aisling told Will Faulkner on the Midlands Today Show.

“This morning I got a text message from my Dad saying that he had spoken.”

Due to the nature of the injuries the doctors recommend all rehabilitation is completed in New Zealand. The ACC Scheme in New Zealand will cover the initial medical costs of the hospital.

However Aisling has set up a “Go Fund Me” page to help the extra costs, especially for Cormac’s rehabilitation. The family are overwhelmed by the level of support from local people. A group of Cormac’s friends are running a Five Aside Fun Day on Sunday the 24th of February and all proceeds will go to Cormac’s rehabilitation and family.

Below is the link to Aislings GoFundMe page if you would like :

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-cormac-in-his-long-distance-battle