Ollie’s Story

On 31st October 2007 Ollie Burke’s life changed forever. While carrying out electrical work he fell from a ladder suffering severe head injuries which resulted in an acquired brain injury. Ollie spent the following sixteen months in Beaumont Hospital and University Hospital Galway where he underwent a number of serious life threatening operations. He spent a further four months in National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire and is now severely incapacitated as a result of his injuries. Ollie was born in Milltown, Co Galway in 1976. He is the fifth child of six children to Walter and Mary Burke. When he was young he was very active with a keen intelligence. He attended primary school in Garrafrauns and secondary school in Dunmore Community School in Co. Galway, where he achieved a good Leaving Cert in 1993. Ollie trained as an electrician and when qualified, worked in the Tuam, Milltown and Galway areas. In 2000 he studied Electrical Engineering in Cork and Dublin. He spent four years there where he made many friends and graduated in 2004. He was very popular and liked to socialise with his wide circle of friends. He enjoyed music and travel and visited America on a number of occasions. A keen follower of sport he enjoyed swimming and indoor soccer and he played Gaelic football for his local club, Milltown. Ollie is now at home with his mother and brother since February 2009. Unfortunately there was no insurance in place to fund his ongoing care. Ollie continues to need 24 hours supervision due to his restlessness; he also needs assistance in areas such as washing, dressing etc. Ollie is very childlike in his actions and in his speech. He cannot go for his daily walk unaided due to his lack of understanding of danger. He is blind in one eye and has limited use of his left hand as a result of his injuries. He can walk but can’t leave the house unaccompanied. He is unable to do any tasks because his attention span is limited to seconds. He no longer has a social life. He recognizes his family but can’t communicate how he feels. Like most brain injury patients, Ollie has developed serious epilepsy and is prone to regular seizures which are a constant worry. Ollie is very happy and content in his home environment. Ollie’s life and the lives of the Burke family have changed for the better with all the help and support of Friends of Ollie fundraising as Ollie would not be able to be cared for at home otherwise. The Carers assist Ollie’s family in providing the essential care that he needs. Friends of Ollie provide approximately 200 hours of care per month, the rest of the care is provided by the HSE and the Burke family. While Ollie has made slight improvements over the past 9 years, his on-going care will have to continue for the foreseeable future, but with the continued help and support of Friends of Ollie, this is possible.

Donations We hope to raise funds by asking people to donate on a regular basis by way of a minimum standing order of €7.50 per Month, as Ollie’s care will be long-term. The standing order form can be downloaded and printed from the link below. We will also organize charitable fun events (See Events). If you would like to donate, take part in an event, organize an event or become a fundraiser within our organization please contact any of the Committee or email us at friendsofollie@gmail.com Please fill out the standing order form and send it to your bank for the attention of the Manager Download Standing Order Form

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