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Campaign to help Co Monaghan man following New York subway accident

A fundraising campaign was last night under way online to help Co Monaghan man, David Cassidy who lost both his lower legs in a serious subway accident in New York last month

A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to help a Co Monaghan man who lost both his lower legs in a subway accident in New York.

The family of David Cassidy (33, originally from Clones, have set up a GoFundMe page to raise $250,000 to help him as he recovers.

As of last night, more than $120,000 had been raised.

Posting on the page, Niall Cassidy said his brother was involved in a very serious accident on December 5.

He is "currently undergoing a series of surgeries in Bellevue hospital in Manhattan, after which he will require a long period of rehabilitation".

"Prosthetics alone will cost tens of thousands per limb and typically need to be replaced every three to five years," he said.

"David’s medical insurance will only go so far towards meeting the lifelong costs associated with his injuries. On discharge from hospital, David will need wheelchair accessible accommodation and will also require assistance with many aspects of daily life as he recovers."

Mr Cassidy moved to New York in 2013 and has since been living in the Woodside area of Queens.

His brother described him as someone who is "well known for going above and beyond for everyone in his life".

"David’s resilience, positivity and strength since the accident have been an inspiration to all of us," he said.

"It will undoubtedly be a long road but, in time, the doctors in Bellevue expect him to regain a good level of mobility. The support from everyone so far has been amazing and has made a very difficult time much easier to deal with.

"We’re hoping to raise much needed funds to go towards medical, ongoing care and living costs, and to make it easier for David to get back to living a full and active life."

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