Teenager May Lose Sight In One...


Teenager May Lose Sight In One Eye After Ballyfermot Assault

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A garda investigation is continuing into an attack on a teenage girl that left her with serious facial injuries.

It happened last Thursday night on Ballyfermot Road in Dublin when 17-year-old Alanna Quinn Idris was approached by a number of people.

The teenager suffered a ruptured eyeball, broken bones and broken teeth.

She has been told there's a 90% chance she could lose the sight in one of her eyes.

Her mum Jamie says Alanna was attacked after getting off a bus at around 9:30 pm on Thursday evening.

She said: “When she was on the bus… somebody said something to her, she said something to him. It went back and forth a little bit. Her friend then stepped in and said something in her defence.

“There may have been a little bit of confusion in some reports saying the argument began with Alanna’s friend - that’s not true at all. He was there and he helped her.

"The argument started with boys who have tormented Alanna for a long time - they didn’t know Alanna’s friend."

She praised Alanna's male friend - who was also injured - saying the family is "so grateful to him" for helping Alanna during the attack.

Jamie said Alanna was initially doing "really well" after the attack, although that changed after she first caught a glimpse of the damage done to her eye.

Jamie explained: “She’s a 17-year-old - just worried about not looking normal… that’s her fear. Stuff like that nowadays is huge because of social media.

“The eyesight at first wasn’t such a huge deal - she was like ‘I still have one eye’. She was really hopeful the diagnosis was just the worst-case scenario.

“But I think after she saw the eye the other night… she was kind of like ‘this is not going to work anymore.’”

Anyone with information about the assault is being asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Main image: Alanna Quinn Idris

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