It has been four weeks since Gene Tangney returned home to the Black Valley, following a life-threatening 16-week battle with COVID-19 in University Hospital Kerry.
And there is light on the horizon for the Kerry man as he has become stronger with every single day since his return home to the bosom of his family
“He is doing great, he is getting stronger every day… It is a long road still but we are on the right road,” his sister, Siobhan, told The Kerryman.
“It is amazing how well he is doing. Being home has really helped, and his colour is coming back. We are delighted.”
Though still on oxygen, Gene is now up and walking every single day.
Gene first began showing symptoms of the illness just after St Patrick’s day and was admitted to hospital two weeks later. He remained there until July 24, when he was discharged much to the joy of his family, including his Dad, Michael ‘Dykie’; his children, Feidhlim and Fiadhna; and the people of Kerry, who have prayed for the recovery of the Black Valley man.
His release from hospital coincided with the ‘Team Geaney’ charity cycle in aid of University Hospital Kerry, in honour of the wonderful care provided by the hospital to Gene.
The Tangney family are forever grateful for all the support they received and have made a final appeal for donations to the dedicated GoFundMe Page, which will close on August 31. Funds have just surpassed the €26,000 mark.
“We started something small for the hospital and we are absolutely over the moon with what raised,” Siobhán said.