GA legend Abraham Gerrafi is recovering from a seven – hour operation following a brain haemorrhage.
The former All-Ireland captain underwent serious surgery at Beaumont Hospital in the capital yesterday.
Geraffi, 47, fell ill at work on Tuesday and was taken to Our Lady Hospital in Navan, Co. There doctors found anorexia.
The father of four was transferred to Beaumont, where surgeons performed surgery to save his life. Wife Amanda waited anxiously for the news.
Fans were relieved when Meath GAA revealed that the operation was a success.
They said: “Some good news !!!
“The Meath GAA community is delighted to hear that Abraham Gerraf has emerged from his successful career. Congratulations to all of you on your recovery.”
The surgeon was happy with the surgery, which lasted about seven hours, but he was not out of the woods yet, and the next few days would still be challenging.
“The main thing is that he is the first big obstacle, so it is very positive.
“He will be in the high-dependence unit at Beaumont Hospital for a few more days.”
News of the former All-Star’s illness has sent shockwaves through the GAA community, and has garnered fan support across his hometown of Meath and across the country.
Superstar Gerraf won the All-Ireland title with Meath in 1996 under manager Sean Boyle, leading to his second victory in 1999.
He was the most decorated player for Ireland in the International Rules Series against Australia.
Former teammate Bernard Flynn said yesterday: “Congratulations to me and his other friends. Now is a time for his family.
“We stayed together for two nights in February for the Ireland v England game, and we had a lot of fun and after that we had a few meet-ups.
“All our prayers are with Abraham, Amanda and their children.”
He fell ill on Tuesday and is undergoing serious surgery today, ”said Meath Ga Graham Gerthy.
“Our prayers are with Abraham and his family in this difficult time.”
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Gerrardi’s home club Seneschelstown said: “Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to former player and meet legend Graham Gerragti, his wife Amanda and family.
“As a club and community, we stand by you at a time when everyone is worried.
“The formation is correct. There is no doubt that Abraham will take up this challenge and recover quickly.”