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My Big Geordie is making amazing steps on road to recovery, reveals wife of lightning strike victim

Relief as dad's condition more stable after nightmare accident

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 12/07/2016

George Allen
George Allen
George Allen with wife Sharon

The wife of a man left fighting for his life after being struck by lightning alongside his two children has revealed he is making small yet "amazing" steps to recovery.

Sharon Allen said her five-year-old son Geordie, who was seriously injured, is also recovering after undergoing a minor operation last week in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

George Allen (36) was with his youngest son and daughter Georgha (7) when they were struck by lightning outside Killowen Primary School in Lisburn last month.

All three were rushed to hospital after a defibrillator was used on both George and his boy.

It is understood Mr Allen suffered organ damage.

The children were later able to return home. George, however, was in a coma in intensive care, but is now making progress in the Ulster Hospital.

On her Facebook page Sharon spoke of the "nightmare" last few weeks but said her husband, a self-employed recycling processor, is now more stable.

The 33-year-old also thanked people for the countless messages of support she and her family had received since the freak accident.

She posted: "Wee Georgha doing so well she's been my top helper and has given me so much strength.

"Thank you so much for everyone's pms (personal messages) and texts over this past month.

"Big Geordie doing better now, is a lot more stable and off all big machines, which is amazing.

"But it's still small steps for Geordie and will be a very long road for him.

"But everyone knows my Geordie, knows he can do it... xxx."

In response to the post, friends offered their support.

Denise Leckey said: "I have wondered how Geordie has been, he's a fighter all right, great news, stay strong - you're doing amazing Sharon xx."

In the aftermath of the lightning strike the Allen family issued a statement to clarify what had happened.

"George was not on his phone at the time of the lightning strike, he does not have any metal plates and he was not holding an umbrella," the family said.

"A hard-working man going to collect his two children from school would not have expected this to happen. Had it not been for the fast actions of those at Killowen that day, the outcome would have been tragic."

The family also thanked staff at the hospitals Mr Allen and his children had been treated in "for their fantastic efforts and continued care".

After the incident the community in Ballymacash started a fundraising campaign to support the family while George remains in hospital.

Mrs Allen said she was overwelmed by the support from the community.

"I'm from Ballymacash like my Geordie and I always knew Ballymacash could pull together, but never in a million years have I felt such support and love like that shown for my family," she added.

"I read everyone's comments to him to show him just how much he's loved."

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