A teenager has been left critically ill in hospital after breaking over 200 broken bones – with doctors fighting to save his hand and foot.
Dillon Irvine, from Belfast, was riding his motorbike home from work last Tuesday when there was a collision with a white Ford Fiesta.
The 18-year-old is on a ventilator at the Royal Victoria Hospital after being airlifted from the scene, reported BelfastLive.
His aunt Michaela Irvine said he was facing a long battle to regain his health.
She said: “The doctor working in the Royal said she’d never seen injuries like it.
“He’s still critical on the ventilator, he’s still sedated, he hasn’t been awake since last Tuesday. Dillon Irvine was riding his motorcycle home from work when there was a collision with a white Ford Fiesta (
“He’s going to have multiple surgeries, they’re not even sure how many he’s going to need, he has a long road ahead.
“They had to do heart surgery where the crash had impacted.
“And he might have to get a skin graft on Thursday, because he still has quite a lot of multiple wounds.”
Doctors are working tirelessly to ensure Dillon is stable enough to bring him around and, once they do, will try to assess if he has suffered any injury to his brain.
Michaela said the family have been just trying to make sure Dillon’s mum Jannette, brother Scott and girlfriend Samantha have enough support.
She said: “It feels like it’s happening to somebody else, it doesn’t feel like it’s happening to us.”
“My sister [Dillon’s mum] is the only one that’s allowed in, so she’s running up and down to the hospital.
“She feels it more as she’s been the only one that’s allowed in with him.”
Friend of the family Allison Breadon set up the fundraising page for Dillon and his family and said she had spoken with Dillon’s mum Jannette.
Allison said: “They’ve put rods in his femur (leg), they’ve put rods in his arm.
“His shoulder, all they can do with it, is to leave the wound open and keep washing it out.
“They’ve said he’s going to need moved to Dublin or Glasgow and he’s going to be in hospital for at least six months, but they’re just taking it day by day to see how it goes.”
Allison said she was shocked and hurt when she heard the news, as she had known Dillon throughout his teenage years.
“He’s a wee darling, he really is, a wee lovable rascal,” she said.
“The whole community has come behind him, we’ve raised £1,100 already but it’ll be a drop in the ocean compared to what his mum and the family will need.”
Michaela said she was overwhelmed by the generosity shown to the family by people donating to the fundraising page.
Dillon’s mum Jannette had paid tribute to the work of the Air Ambulance team who helped him.
“I just want to let everybody know that we do appreciate it and to say thank you from us all.”