Family’s joy at having Aisling back home for Christmas celebration

Story by Ann Casey

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 10:36am

Family’s joy at having Aisling back home for Christmas celebration

Twelve months on from her return to Ireland, Trim’s Aisling Brady is preparing for a permanent move back to her hometown of Trim.

The talented young teacher, who suffered a stroke in Dubai, spent Christmas Day at home with her family and is looking forward to a permanent move to Trim.
“She was very happy to be home. It was the first time she was able to be home with her family, friends and relatives and it was a very positive experience,” said her mother Antoinette.
Aisling, a former physics and maths teacher at St Joseph’s Mercy, Navan was flown home from Dubai in January 2018, after suffering an acquired brain injury.
She was brought to the Mater hospital and then transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire, where she has been for the last year.
Having visited Trim over Christmas and celebrated Christmas Day at home with her family, she has returned to Dun Laoghaire for some further treatment, but will be returning to Trim towards the end of the month, where she will stay in the Carechoice Nursing home.
“She still needs 24 hour care and it is only a short drive from us. She settled in well there over Christmas and was able to come out to us most days.
“She is glad to be coming home. She has the potential to improve further and will be doing as much as she can to continue that recovery.”
Aisling was a very popular young teacher when she moved to the UAE in 2016. She had planned to take an extended career break and to eventually return and set herself up for a fantastic future.
Unfortunately on the 27th of November 2017 this all changed when she fainted at the school where she was working, causing her to hit her head hard on the floor.
She was brought to hospital but suffered three seizures on the journey and suffered three cardiac arrests and a stroke, all of which were caused by a pulmonary embolism.
A crowd funding campaign resulted in Aisling being flown home to Ireland on 5th January last year by Air Ambulance.
“It has been a tough year. It was an emotional roller coaster. She has been through so much,” said Antoinette.
“She loved being at home in Trim and we had a lovely day Christmas Day.
“Her friends all came round on Christmas Eve. They always used to have a big fry up on Christmas Eve and this year they had it in our house.
“We had a big family gathering on 27th with all her cousins. We were worried it might be too busy and noisy for her, but she loved it.”
Antoinette says that Aisling has had a lot of help from the National Rehabilitation Centre including help getting her head round the huge life changing thing that happened to her.
“She has been through the heartbreak of that - she needs 24 hour care, but she is happy to be coming home to Trim and is looking forward to that,” she said.