Cllr. Sean McEniff
Cllr. Sean McEniff is in an induced coma and in intensive care in Spain after collapsing and losing consciousness last week while walking at the beach at a resort there, his family said today.
In a statement, the McEniff family said the long-serving councillor "is in an induced coma and in intensive care in Clinica Roca in San Agustin, where he has been, almost continuously, since his admission on October 27th".
The statement said that Cllr. McEniff, “collapsed and lost consciousness, taking in a lot of salt water and was close to drowning, but thanks to the alertness of other tourists he was rescued and taken to the nearest hospital. He has a collapsed lung, pneumonia and fractured ribs but he is currently in a stable condition and the family is hopeful that his condition will slowly improve.”
Cllr. McEniff had been summonsed as a witness in the case before a special sitting of Ballyshannon District Court on Thursday. His son, Conor McEniff, told the court his father, "is not ever going to be able to give evidence in this case”, saying, “His heart specialist has told him that he is in no fit state to give evidence."
The case involves former Bundoran Town Councillor Florence McNulty (56) of The Palace, Main Street, Bundoran, who is charged with allegedly assaulting Garda Helen Munnelly. Her son Joseph McNulty (34) of 85 Doran Close, Bundoran is charged with alleged threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour as is her husband, Thomas McNulty (57) of Main Street, Bundoran. All charges relate to an incident which occurred at Bundoran Town Council offices on February 10th, 2014. All three defendants have given evidence and have denied all charges.
The McEniff family statement:
There are a number of different stories circulating about the health of Sean McEniff, ranging from him being perfectly healthy and flying home to give testimony in a court case to being at death's door. His family would like to briefly clarify that he is in an induced coma and in intensive care in Clinica Roca in San Agustin, where he has been, almost continuously, since his admission on October 27th.
The priorities of the staff at the hospital is on ensuring that Sean, and indeed all their patients, get the best of medical care. On our own behalf and on behalf of Clinica Roca, the family would respectfully request that people do not contact the hospital seeking information as none will be given. There have been a number of instances already of journalists claiming to be family members wasting the time of hospital translators and medical staff to the extent that VHI in Ireland could not initially get information they requested and had to rely on the intervention of family members to get access to the doctors.
Sean was having an afternoon walk in the water at the beach in the resort of Puerto Rico. He collapsed and lost consciousness taking in a lot of salt water and was close to drowning but thanks to the alertness of other tourists he was rescued and taken to the nearest hospital. He has a collapsed lung, pneumonia and fractured ribs but he is currently in a stable condition and the family is hopeful that his condition will slowly improve. The family would like to thank everyone that has inquired after Sean's health and are gratified by the many kind words, messages of support and prayers. Clinica Rosa is a very proficient but small hospital, without the resources to be dealing with sustained inquiries, and we would finally like to emphasize once again that people should not contact the hospital and distract them from the core mission of looking after their patients.
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