Boy loses legs but stays strong

A LOCAL man is appealing to the community to support a charity football match which is raising funds for a young footballer who lost his legs after suffering an aneurysm.

A LOCAL man is appealing to the community to support a charity football match which is raising funds for a young footballer who lost his legs after suffering an aneurysm.

Vincent McComish, Secretary Carlingford Celtic Youths FC is asking people to get behind the match between Dundalk FC and Newry City FC, which will take place at Oriel Park on Sunday, October 23 at 2pm.

The proceeds of the match will go to the Ryan Cinnamond Trust Fund, which is trying to raise money to purchase expensive prosthetic legs for a 16-year-old boy.

Ryan Cinnamond has represented Carlingford Celtic Youths at schoolboy level from U-12s through to U-15s, winning a runner up medal at U-14 Division 1 level of the Dundalk Schoolboys League.

“It’s a very worthy cause. Ryan joined Carlingford Celtic Youths FC when he was just 12-years-old, and has proved himself to be a leader both on and off the field,” said Vincent.

On November 11, 2010 the then 15-year-old Ryan collapsed at his home in Newry, Co Down having suffered a dissecting aortic aneurysm.

“Devastatingly, as a result of this aneurysm this talented young footballer had to subsequently have both of his legs surgically amputated through the knees,” said Vincent.

“Ryan also had to undergo dialysis which resulted in the failure of one of his kidneys. He then had to spend three weeks in an intensive care unit.”

Due to the medical complications experienced by Ryan, the mobility of his left arm was greatly reduced. Ryan was finally allowed home on December 20, 2010 in time for Christmas with his family, only to be readmitted to hospital on Christmas night where he was diagnosed with a blood clot on his right lung.

Ryan began rehabilitation in Musgrave Park Hospital on January 17 and a couple of weeks later Ryan walked for the first time on prosthetic legs.

Tickets for the match are e5 and can be bought via Dundalk FC, The Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and The Carlingford Arms, Carlingford. Match tickets can also be used to enter a e1,000 cash prize draw taking place at half time on October 23.