The father of Lydia Branley of Kinlough, who was awarded €10 million by the High Court these week after suffering catastrophic injuries in a car crash, says the family are “happy to see her case concluded”.
The 28-year-old from Largydonnell was a passenger in a BMW driven by Martin Kearney from Ballina, Co. Mayo when the car crashed into a ditch at Drumiskabole near Sligo on September 30, 2010.
The former aviation radio controller was in a coma for nine months and is still severely injured.
In June 2012, the driver was sentenced to six years in jail, with the last two years of the sentence suspended.
Lydia’s father Martin Branley told the Democrat today: “While money can never recompense Lydia for the devastating injuries she received in September 2010, it will at least give some measure of comfort towards her future care.”
Speaking on Lydia’s behalf, the family’s solicitor Kieran Ryan added: “Lydia would like to thank the doctors and medical staff for their efforts in saving her life and helping with her rehabilitation.
“She would especially like to publicly acknowledge the unstinting love and care given to her by her parents, brother and sister, without which she would never had made the progress she has.”
He also commented: “Lydia suffered catastrophic injuries to her head and spine but she has made and continues to make remarkable progress, especially from her head injuries.
“She is an extremely bright and able person who is an inspiration to all who have had the pleasure of dealing with her.”
Read our two page special report in Monday’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.