A fundraising campaign has been launched to help a local man injured in a serious workplace accident in Australia which resulted in him suffering 35 per cent burns to his body.
Mick Jardine, originally from Glasgow, is married to Caroline McCormack from Navan and the couple lived in Navan for years before moving to Australia two years ago. They are parents to Louis (6) and Florence (3).
Mick, a self-employed welder, was working in a brewery on Wednesday when he was seriously injured suffering bad burns to his face, hands, arms and chest. He was airlifted to hospital and is currently in an induced coma.
Friends of the couple set up a gofundme page last night which has already raised almost €5,000. Caroline's best friend Nicola Cunningham explained that as Mick is self-employed their main concern after his recovery was the family's income and they set up the page to help.
Mick and Caroline live in Avoca Beach on the Central Coast which is about an hour from Sydney.
"Mick was welding in a brewery, on a big beer tank. All we know is that there was an explosion and he got 35 per cent burns and was airlifted to hospital. They put him in an induced coma. His arms and hands are the worst and doctors are very concerned about them. They don't know yet if he is going to be able to use them and this could affect the rest of his life and whether he can work again. His left side is the worst affected and Mick is left handed," said Nicola.
"They are still in the process of trying to find out what the severity of his injuries are. He has a long road to recovery ahead."
Nicola has thanked everyone who has made a donation so far. "People have been so generous. We only set up the page late last night and there is nearly €5,000 already. People are amazing."
"We are praying that Mick makes a full and speedy recovery, and that this accident does not mean the end of their new life, that they worked so hard for, in Australia," Nicola and friends Sandra Cullen and Louise Caldwell wrote on the gofundme page.
"Everyone who knows Mick knows he is a happy go lucky chap, who would do anything for his family. Any help you can give to help them out at this awful time would be so much appreciated.
"This is our call to all of you, to allow Caroline and the children to worry about the important thing here, which is to get Mick back to 100%."
To make a donation please click here for the gofundme link.