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Northern Ireland man seriously injured in Philadelphia work accident has died

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A Northern Ireland man who suffered catastrophic injuries in a fall from scaffolding at work in the USA, has died.

Sean Hughes, 27, was left fighting for his life following the incident in Philadelphia on December 11, 2020 and had been in hospital since.

The father of one moved from Armagh over five years ago to build a life for himself in America.

A GoFundMe page to help fly his family over to the US raised over £27,000 but sadly the young joiner hasn’t made it.

An obituary read that Sean, from Allistragh, had died “peacefully in hospital in Philadelphia” on Saturday, June 12 and that his funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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Young Ireland’s Philly posted on their Facebook page: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sean Hughes.

“We ask that you continue to keep Sean, Emily, baby Sean and their families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Philadelphia GAA said on Saturday: “We are a club in mourning today as our good friend and player Sean Hughes has passed. We pray for Sean now as he is at peace.

“We send our deepest condolences to his wife Emily, his son baby Sean, and his parents, Paul and Majella, his brothers and entire Hughes family.”

Sean Hughes who has suffered devastating injuries in a work fall in the US is pictured with his baby Sean Paul (Image: Hughes family)

Sean played for Pearse Og’s Armagh before emigrating to America and the club has also paid tribute.

They said: “Na Piarsaigh Óga committee and members are saddened to learn of the passing of our former Senior footballer Seán Hughes.

“Seán was a brilliant wee footballer, a real team player and blessed with natural ability. Like many an Ógs player before him he had emigrated to America for work.

“These last few months all at Pearse Óg had been praying for his full recovery and are truly devastated by this sad news. We wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to his wife Emily and to their son Seán Paul, his parents Paul and Majella Hughes, his brothers Eoin, Ciaran and Darragh and also to the wide family circle. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.”

An April 23 update on Sean’s GoFundMe page read: “As we said in the last update Sean was being cared for in rehab and had been making some good improvements, he could open his left eye slightly, follow some commands such as lift your arm or leg and he could recognize voices when spoken too.

Sean Hughes made a life in America but still talked to his family in co Armagh every day (Image: Hughes family)

“Unfortunately that all came to a stand still as he took fluid on the brain and was taken back to Christiana hospital in Delaware. Here he was treated for infection and had a permanent shunt put in to drain away the fluid from his brain.

“Sean, being the strong, stubborn and much loved man he is, has fought back once again and is now back in rehab doing his best to pick up where he left off. He is a legend of a man with a strong heart who continues to make progress even with all that is thrown at him.

“Following the end of their US visa, Majella, Paul and the boys have returned back home for the time being, and intend to return to be with Sean, Emily and wee Sean sometime in the future. Please continue to hope and pray that Sean continues to show improvement.

“Thanks a lot from the Loughran and Hughes Families.”

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