Joshua Allen, son of celebrity chef Rachel, is about to do a 30-day charity swim for a half-paralyzed MMA fighter.
The 21-year-old from Co Cork with his brother Lucca is hoping to raise €2,000 for Co Mayo man Ian Coughlan.
“My brother and I are raising money for a professional MMA fighter named Ian Coughlan who recently suffered a life-changing injury,” Allen said.
“Any donation is greatly appreciated and if anyone wants to join the swim let me know.”
Mr. Coughlan was training for battle when he suffered a horrific accident while training last July that left him paralyzed.
He spent three months at University Hospital Galway and was then transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, where he continued his rehabilitation through various forms of therapy.
Unfortunately, Coughlan’s worst fears came true when doctors told him he might never walk again and that he would have to rely on carers for support. assist him in daily tasks.
His therapists are currently working to prepare him for life in a wheelchair, but Mr Coughlan is not giving up without a fight.
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His family went to German hospitals that specialize in treating patients with spinal cord injuries similar to his. Medical experts have reviewed his case and have determined that he is a suitable candidate for the combined HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) and Stem Cell treatment.
A fundraising campaign hopes to raise €95,000 to cover his Stem Cell and HAL treatments, the total cost of which will be lost.
A family friend said: ‘The doctors are confident they will get Ian to walk again, but at a minimum, the treatment will allow him to regain his independence.
“Ian is a fighter at heart, he is driven, he is ambitious and he has a fire in his soul that is burning stronger than ever. He has an abundant life to live, he has so much to give and he needs us to help him in the most important battle of his life.”
MMA superstar Conor McGregor also tweeted that; “Let’s rally together and support the young Irish boxer who suffered a serious injury at a gym in Ireland.”
Allen recently said on his Instagram page that he had last year one of the best years of his life so far. “One of the best years I’ve had in a long time, achieving more than I thought possible and enjoying myself.
“Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of it and especially everyone (at) Samson Martial Arts and my coach Dylan Samson for helping me turn my life around.”
The young man revealed that he was at a “very low point” in his life and that if someone had told him two years ago that he had run his own business to fight in amateur MMA, he would have “laugh”.
He added: “I don’t like to talk about it here but this day two years ago I entered rehab at a very low point in my life, and if you had told me then that I would now working to run small business and fight amateur MMA I’ll laugh at you.
“There are still a lot of things I have to face this year but I will face them just like I do with everything else in life.”
In February 2020, Mr. Allen received a 30-month sentence for possession of more than €22,000 worth of cannabis for sale and supplywith 15 months probation on the condition that he be of good conduct.
Mr. Allen’s case is listed next Wednesday, February 1, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. The court will give Allen a 15-month suspended prison sentence.
He has six convictions for drug-related crimes all stemming from a single incident two years ago.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8285973/joshua-allen-charity-swin-mma-fighter-ian-coughlan-paralysed/ Joshua Allen, 21, prepares to swim for 30 days for MMA fighter Ian Coughlan with hemiplegia