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Belfast man out of danger after stroke in Guatemala left him fighting for life

By Cate McCurry

Published 14/11/2016

Peter McGarry in hospital, with parents Sean and Helen by his side
Peter McGarry in hospital, with parents Sean and Helen by his side
Peter McGarry with partner Elvira Mendez before the stroke

The family of a Belfast man who was left fighting for his life after a brain haemorrhage in Guatemala say they are delighted he has been discharged from hospital.

Peter McGarry from Dunmurry suffered a type of stroke known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage at his home in Jocotenango, Sacatepequez on Friday, October 14.

This is an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.

The 38-year-old underwent lifesaving brain surgery earlier this month.

A day before he was discharged, the Belfast man was pictured smiling from his hospital bed with his relieved parents, Sean and Helen by his side.

He has now moved into an apartment with his family as he continues with his long road to recovery.

Mr McGarry's parents and two sisters, Louise May and Joanne McGoran, set up a Just Giving page in a bid to raise the spiralling medical costs - which are £65,000 and rising.

To date, they have raised almost £49,000.

On the fundraising page, Louise said they were "so grateful" for all the support.

"Four weeks ago we heard the news that Peter had suffered a brain haemorrhage. Today we are delighted to hear that he has been able to leave the hospital," she said.

"He will stay in an apartment with our parents, close to the hospital until his next appointment with the neurosurgeon on Thursday.

"We are so grateful for all the help and support we have received that have allowed Peter the best chance of a full recovery.

"There is one week left of the Just Giving page and medical costs so far are approximately £65,000 and counting."

In an earlier post, she said that Peter is continuing to improve every day. She explained that his post-operative condition and prognosis is in the top 5% of patients having this type of haemorrhage.

"His progress over the past few weeks has been amazing," she added. "Thanks to his fighting spirit, but obviously a huge amount is down to the care he has been able to receive due to the donations made. All the prayers and positive thoughts have made the difference."

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