by Orla Mullan

The family of a young boy who underwent life-saving surgery after he fell off a chair have organised a fundraiser to help repay the hospital that cared for him.

On January 29 little Eoin Doherty, who was two years-old at the time, fell off the arm of a chair in his Draperstown home.

It was only three days later that little Eoin fell ill and was rushed to Antrim Hospital and subsequently transferred to Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast where he underwent emergency surgery to reduce swelling in his brain.

During the operation, surgeons removed a bone from Eoin’s skull and preserved it in his stomach.

Following the surgery, things took a turn for the worse.

Eoin remained seriously ill in intensive care and suffered a stroke from the trauma.

Eoin’s mum Maria said it was a tough time for the family and things were ‘touch and go’.

“He was transferred to the Paul Ward where he began a rehabilitation programme to learn how to eat, drink, walk and talk again,” she said.

“After spending five weeks in hospital and with the immense help of all the staff in the ward, Eoin was discharged on Friday 3rd March – a day will never forget.”

Eoin returned to Paul Ward on June 6 to have the bone removed from his tummy and repositioned in his skull.

Maria says she is thankful Eoin is now ‘on the other side’ and making great progress.

Just last week the now three year-old started Little Wombles playgroup in Draperstown.

Now, Maria and her family are hosting a coffee morning in Draperstown this weekend to thank the hospital for all their help and support.

“Thank God Eoin had no setbacks from the surgery and recovered well,” continued Maria.

“Without the great team of medical professionals in the Royal Victoria Hospital we would no doubt have lost our very special and precious boy.

“We feel the need to say thank you to the hospital by having a coffee morning to some way repay them for all they did for Eoin.”

The coffee morning will take place in Ballinascreen’s GAA hall on Saturday, September 16 from 11am to 2pm.

Urging locals to come out and support the event, Maria praised all the individuals and businesses which have made donations towards the raffle.

If you would like to make a donation to the fundraiser visit

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