Sarah Louise's Story from Ballyhegan Davitts

On June 11th this year our daughter Sarah Louise Doherty (18) was involved in a serious car
accident. She sustained multiple fractures and soft tissue injuries, however her most severe injury
was a serious brain injury.

The accident occurred at 11.20am as she drove home from football training with her local club
Ballyhegan Davitts. Sarah Louise is passionate about her football and was part of the Armagh
Ladies All Ireland U17 winners, and 2016 Ulster “A” champions. The prompt response of her
teammates and the emergency services meant she was transferred to Craigavon A&E and was
being treated by 12 noon. Initial assessment resulted in a transfer to Regional ICU in Royal Victoria
Hospital. She remained in RICU on a ventilator for three weeks. The care she received there was
outstanding, and after three weeks she was able to be transferred to the Neuroscience Ward. A
further three weeks on the ward saw her make an incredible recovery, she astounded medics and
nurses alike with the rapid progress she made.

As a token of our gratitude and sincere thanks to all of the healthcare professionals who had a
hand in Sarah Louise’s recovery, we as a family, in conjunction with Ballyhegan Davits, arranged a
fundraising coffee morning. We are delighted to announce we raised £2385 which we are going to
donate to the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit.

We as a family will make the presentation of the cheque to representatives of RABIU on Thursday
5th Oct 2017 at 11.00am. A photo opportunity with an outsized cheque and interviews with Sarah
Louise will be available.

Sarah Louise has made a full recovery and is currently attending UU Jordanstown studying
Language and Linguistics, she hopes to soon return to football and take up her Talented Athlete
scholarship with the University.


Doherty Family

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