Friends rally for Patrick Sheeran Jr.’s family and recovery with a fundraiser

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

While doctors help a Holy Spirit High School graduate recover from a near-fatal, traumatic brain injury, a group of friends have organized a fundraiser to help his family pay the medical bills./Submitted While doctors help a Holy Spirit High School graduate recover from a near-fatal, traumatic brain injury, a group of friends have organized a fundraiser to help his family pay the medical bills./Submitted ABSECON - While doctors help a Holy Spirit High School graduate recover from a near-fatal, traumatic brain injury, a group of friends have organized a fundraiser to help his family pay the medical bills.

Friends of Patrick Sheeran Jr., 31, of Absecon, have scheduled a beef-and-beer fundraiser for 2-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Teamsters Local 331 Union Hall, 1 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City. The cost is $20.

Sheeran was critically injured Nov. 8 when he was struck by a car in Del Ray, Fla., where he lived at time.

“He just moved down there,” his aunt Corrine Dinger of Galloway said. “He was taking a short cut to get to his house.”

Sheeran, who worked for Starbucks, recently transferred down there with his four-year-old daughter, Dinger said.

Then everything went horribly wrong on Nov. 8.

“You could barely recognize him,” said Dinger, who joined other family members in rushing to Sheeran’s bedside. “The swelling was so bad.”

Doctors performed a life-saving craniotomy to relieve pressure on his brain, she said. A second craniotomy is scheduled for Jan. 20.

“We were given very little hope that he would ever function normally again, that is, if he lived, which the medical staff was not guaranteeing,” she said.
Sheeran remained in a coma for 12 days, she said. Sometime during that time he suffered a post traumatic brain injury stroke.

Despite the odds, the family received some hope.

“Then Patrick opened his one eye for a few seconds,” Dinger said.

A few days later, he opened the other eye.

“That’s how slow the recovery is,” she said. “He has to learn everything over, including how to swallow, speak, sit up, walk, etc.”

A Facebook post showed medial personnel using a crane to lift Sheeran out of a hospital bed and into a waiting wheel chair.

Another post, issued by his father, Patrick, simply says, “Please help.”

Doctors removed a feeding tube from Sheeran Jr. earlier this month and almost two months after the accident, Dinger said.

After the second craniotomy is successfully performed, a medical transport will fly Sheeran back to New Jersey, she said.

Sheeran faces 1-2 years physical rehabilitation and doctors aren’t sure what the results will be, Dinger said.

“With a traumatic brain injury you just don’t know,” Dinger said.

For the time being, however, Sheeran will still need 24-7 care.

“Patrick has made very slow, but steady progress,” Dinger said. “This past week he began to speak, but it was more like a mumble.”

While Sheeran recovered in a hospital bed, others began planning to help.

“A group of family and friends have come together to raise money to help offset the enormous medical bills that come along with this type of injury,” Dinger said. “The support from the community so far has been inspirational, we are so grateful for the kindness and compassion which has been shown.”

They created the Friends of Patrick's Song Trust to help support his family. They picked the name because of Sheeran’s love and fondness for music.

“Patrick went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston,” Dinger said. “He could play drums, guitar and piano.”

Before his accident, Sheeran produced a CD for local artist and Holy Spirit graduate Anj Graniere. Sheeran graduated from Holy Spirit in 2000.

The Friends of Patrick’s Song Trust is comprised of Corrine and her husband, Chris; Absecon City Councilman Frank Phillips and his wife, Melissa, and Bill and Sue Fritz of Absecon.

“Everybody has been so terrific,” Dinger said. “I just can’t imagine how much the medical bills are.”

If someone would like to help but is unable to attend the fundraiser, checks are accepted in care of the Friends of Patrick Song Trust, 820 New York Ave., Absecon, Dinger said.

More fundraisers are planned for the future, she said.

Like on Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Patricks-Song/1377362165851575

For information about the fundraiser, call Dinger at 609-841-8396.


blog comments powered by Disqus