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Wexford man seriously injured in crash in Australia

Thomas O'Flaherty from Wexford was seriously injured in a crash in Australia on Thursday

AN Irishman is fighting for his life in a hospital in Australia following a head-on collision between a car and a lorry.

Thomas O'Flaherty from Wexford was seriously injured in the crash, which happened as he travelled between Sydney and Brisbane last Thursday.

The 27-year-old, who has been living in Australia for almost five years working as a medical engineer at a laboratory in Brisbane, remains in a coma.

His parents and two brothers have flown from Ireland to be at his bedside at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales.

His brother Finbar O'Flaherty has thanked well-wishers for their support following the crash.

"As you may have heard my brother Tom was involved in a serious car accident in Australia on Wednesday," he wrote on Facebook.

"Due to amazing will power, strength and the skill of surgeons he has managed to keep himself alive.

"All his vital signs are continuing to improve.

"As a family we have been overwhelmed with all the messages of support and good wishes for Tom and we are so grateful.

"If anyone would like to send a card to Tom to let him know they are thinking about him this would give him a huge morale boost when he wakes up from his coma."

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