Seán Cox RTE Prime Time: Liverpool fan learns to walk again with exoskeleton
“He just got up and walked towards me. Even the look on his own face was so good.”
Seán suffered life-changing brain injuries when he was attacked by Roma fans outside Anfield in 2018 before a Liverpool Champions League game.
“The demand is really big but the supply of nurses just isn’t there because I think what they earn is too low,” said Martina Cox.
Ms Cox helped her husband walk with the help of an exoskeleton and spoke to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTE’s prime time about the feelings it aroused.
“It was very emotional, really, really emotional to see him,” she said.
“He just got up and walked towards me. Even the expression on his own face was so good. We don’t know what will come of it, but psychologically it’s really good for him.”
Seán is being supported in his recovery by a team of specialists from Dublin City University and the HSE is funding a family care package to meet Seán’s needs.
Martina is concerned that staff turnover is affecting the continuity of service for Seán and others like him. Ms. Cox believes this is due to the low wage levels in the industry.
“Home care is particularly delicate at the moment; it was not constant. The demand is really high but the supply of nurses is just not there because I think what they earn is too low.”
“I think the government really needs to think about investing more money in this area,” she said.
Ms Cox also highlighted the most important aspect of their marriage and life together as she spoke about the fallout from the attack, for which three men were jailed.
“I’m not going to elaborate on that to be honest, life is too busy and also too short. We’re just trying to move on and get the best out of life.”
“Seán is still a relatively young man. We’re starting to go out a little more, we’ve gone on vacation. We just want to do more of it.
“In sickness and in health these words are so powerful. I never had a second thought that I would do anything other than take care of him.”
“You think your life was made for you, but then it just shows you really can’t plan because that happened and then everything changed. But I’m still happy and Seán is happy.”
“We still love each other, and I think that’s why it all works,” Martina added.
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