A HEARTBROKEN mum was mistakenly told by police that her 12-year-old son was killed in a horror crash.
Jillian Hogan was told the bodies of her boy, Jason, and her brother Patrick Hogan, 30, were found in a burnt-out car which crashed into a barrier and a wall.
But Jillian, from Limerick, Ireland found Jason alive in hospital after thinking he was dead following last Thursday’s fatal collision at Quinspool, County Clare.
The second body in the car was that of Jonathan Healy, 24, from Kileely, whose family had been told he was alive.
A source said Jason’s mum was distraught when she was told her son had died.
The source said: “The poor girl was all over the place.
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“She was told her child was dead and the next (thing) she was told he’s alive.”
Jason was placed in an induced coma at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, following the crash at Quinspool around midnight.
Jonathan’s family travelled to Dublin hoping to visit him in hospital, but found Jason instead.
Irish police, the Gardai, realised the mistake when a relative told them it was Jason in hospital in Dublin, and not Jonathan, the source claimed.
Speaking about the mix-up, a Gardai spokesman said: “It has been forwarded to the relevant department and we will respond in due course.”
She was told her child was dead and the next (thing) she was told he’s alive
A fourth man, Adam Carver, who was also injured in the collision, was being treated for injuries at University Hospital Limerick.
An online fundraiser to help Jason mum meet expenses has raised more than £4,000.
He is still in a critical condition in an induced coma, with 22 per cent Grade Four burns.
Jillian has maintained a vigil at her seriously ill son’s hospital bedside in Dublin.
The administrator of the fund, Aisling Hogan thanked all those who had supported the cause.
Aisling said: “It’s to help Jillian up and down to Dublin. My plan was just to make as much as I could and to give her something each week to help her.
“The support of strangers and the people around the community is brilliant.
“Jillian has three younger kids and it’s not going to be easy for her. Jason is still in an induced coma, with 22% burns at Grade Four.
“He’s holding his own, but he is still critical.Jason’s face is recognisable. Hopefully he makes a recovery. “It’s definitely a long road for Jason because he is going to need skin grafts.
“He is in an induced coma because he has swelling on his brain, that’s why they are keeping him in an induced coma.”
She added: “You couldn’t meet a nicer family.”
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It is unclear what caused the fatal collision, but Gardai said they did not believe any other vehicle was involved.
Aisling said: “I don’t think anyone knows until after the investigation is properly done. As far as we heard, they were only going to the shop, that’s all they were doing.
“It’s shocking. The whole family are devastated. There is actually no words for any of it. No one can get their head around it, no one.”
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