A five-year-old girl who was stabbed in an attack outside a school in Dublin will need to “relearn everything” due to her severe injuries, her family has said.
The family of the girl say she has entered the “third phase of her recovery” after she was stabbed along with two other children and a woman working as their carer in Parnell Square East on 23 November.
Riad Bouchaker, 50, appeared in court last month charged with the attempted murder of the three children and with assault causing serious harm to the adult carer.
The five-year-old’s family have provided an update on a GoFundMe page after she spent several weeks in paediatric intensive care.
After being left in a critical condition by the stabbing, she left the unit in December and has been continuing to recover, the update said.
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In their latest post, the girl’s family wrote: “Our darling girl has now entered the third phase of her recovery.
“This will be the longest as she will relearn everything as a result of her injury.
“She has done really well thus far and the medical team is very happy with her improvement.
“Once again, she is so strong and we are proud to be by her side supporting her, guiding her, and, above all, loving her every step of the way.”
The attack triggered riots in Dublin city centre, which authorities said was led by far-right individuals with strong anti-immigration views, who believed the attacker was a migrant.
Anti-immigration rhetoric started immediately afterwards online, which led to around 500 members of the public protesting, damaging cars and shops, and clashing with police.