The family of a seven year-old girl who was struck by a motorcycle in Creggan last week say she is now “out of the woods.”
The granny of Caoimhe McGuinness, Marie Lynch, told the ‘Journal’ of her family’s “total nightmare.”
“Surely to God in heaven accidents happen but to see our little girl laying up there all drugged up and black and blue head to toe, makes you so, so, so mad.
“It was a horrible thing to happen and we feared her spleen would have to be removed but thankfully the picture has changed.
“Surgeons don’t believe it needs removed now.
“She is out of the woods and coming round; she even wants home which is a good sign.”
Caoimhe, who attends St. John’s PS in Creggan, was struck by a bike while playing with her cousins at Creggan Heights on Friday.
Caoimhe is being treated in Dundonald Hospital for injuries which include a torn spleen, two fractures on her skull, two jaw fractures, a bubble on her brain, lung injuries and missing adult teeth.
Mrs Lynch said: “Caoimhe has no recollection of the incident. She remembers having a water fight with her cousins, then nothing.
“Caoimhe’s parents Tracey and Liam have maintained a vigil by their daughter’s bedside since last Friday night.
Tracey’s mother, Mrs. Lynch, said: “Caoimhe is their only child, their little pride and joy.
“They are in bits but thankfully the news was good on Wednesday.”
Thanking her neighbours for their support, Mrs. Lynch added: “Everyone has been brilliant, there have been so many prayers said and candles lit for her, they’ve all really helped.
“I’ve no doubt that helped cure her big problem, her spleen.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us since the crash.
“It is times like this you realise how good people are.”
Caoimhe remains in a stable condition in hospital.
The family have been inundated with good wishes from the local community who wish Caoimhe a speedy recovery.