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'Long road' to recovery for Co Fermanagh man (25) seriously injured when hit by car in Australia

Beoan Jones, from Co Fermanagh, was injured in a crash in Sydney on November 11.
Beoan Jones, from Co Fermanagh, was injured in a crash in Sydney on November 11. Beoan Jones, from Co Fermanagh, was injured in a crash in Sydney on November 11.

A FUNDRAISER for a Co Fermanagh man who was left seriously injured when he was struck by a car in Australia has gathered almost £50,000.

Beoan Jones (25), from Maguiresbridge, was injured in the collision in Sydney on November 11, three months after arriving in Australia.

He was struck while walking along a highway close to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and was left with serious spinal injuries and numerous broken bones.

Mr Jones has since undergone major surgery and remains in critical condition.

Members of his family have flown to Sydney to be with him as he recovers, and they have set up an online GoFundMe page, which as of Sunday evening had raised more than £45,000.

His loved ones say he has a "long journey" ahead of him.

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A separate fundraising page set up by his friend Barry Carey has raised more than 6,000 Australian dollars.

Mr Carey said of his friend: "I’ve spoken to his mother Rose and she is just distraught but just so grateful he is alive and the support from doctors, nurses and loving family and friends has been nothing short of amazing."