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'Nothing more can be done' for young mother Jolene left with severe brain injury after alleged assault

Carol Corr with her 27-year-old daughter Jolene
Marie Louise McConville

A young mother who was left fighting for her life after an alleged assault is to have her treatment withdrawn after it was agreed "nothing more can be done".

Jolene Corr, who is 27 and a mother-of-one, has been hospitalised since the attack at her home in Downpatrick in December 2016.

The trained beautician suffered a catalogue of injuries, the most severe of which was a catastrophic brain injury.

A man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the alleged attack.

Jolene, who is originally from the Beechmount area of west Belfast where her family live, spent six months in the neurological unit in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Doctors had told her parents that it was unlikely she will ever recover from the head injuries she suffered as it was found that the left side of Joleen's brain is dead and the stem of the brain damaged.

In May, Jolene was transferred to Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast where she was treated in a specialist brain injury clinic.

However, almost one year on, the young woman's condition has not improved.

Speaking to the Irish News yesterday, Jolene's mother Carol Corr said doctors had told the family earlier in the year that nothing more could be done to help her.

A further review in recent weeks had come to the same conclusion.

Ms Corr said it was decided yesterday that moves would now be made to start withdrawing the treatment keeping Jolene alive.

The west Belfast mother said her daughter would be moved out of hospital to live out her last days.

"We got a second opinion, they said nothing could be done for Jolene," said Ms Corr.

"There is nothing there. Nothing more can be done. Jolene is unaware of everything. Her whole body is just in spasms."

Ms Corr said the decision to move Jolene out of hospital "broke my heart".

"They are withdrawing the artificial feed, they will withdraw her fluids," she said.

"They will make her comfortable."

Ms Corr said she had been told it was likely her daughter would pass away within two weeks once she has been moved.

"I just feel as if we are losing her for a second time," she said.

"I don't want to see my child suffering. I mean, it is going to be hard for me, it's better for her."

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