Undaunted by how fortunate he was to escape from the horror of the Nepal earthquake, Fethard man Arron Conran is to continue his exploration of Asia, making his way to Thailand once he is airlifted out of the Himalayan mountains.
After enduring twenty four hours of sheer torture, his distraught mother Tina Kenny and nineteen year old sister Jessica were told on Sunday morning that Aaron and his girlfriend Alex Murphy from Skerries had survived the earthquake that had claimed over four thousand lives to date.
“It was an horrific twenty four hours until we were told on Sunday that he was alive “ said Tina.
She finally got to speak to Arron on Monday evening which was a huge relief to everybody.
“He was in great spirits. It was a very emotional call. He said they could see the plates moving from where they were in the mountains. They were advised to stay where they were until a helicopter rescues them. They cannot come back down the mountain as it is unsafe and they cannot sleep indoors for fear their hostel will collapse. It will take a few days before they are out, but they are alive, that is the main thing,” said Tina.
Just over a year ago Tina had to make a trip to Sydney to be at Aaron’s bedside after he was put on a life support machine and was in a coma after he suffered a rare lung virus.
“It was an awful shock to us all. It was touch and go for four weeks then but he survived and thankfully he is ok now after being so lucky again,” said Tina.
Arron, who attended Killusty national school and Scoil Ruain, left Fethard after college to travel the world two years ago and will return home to Fethard in July to attend his aunt’s wedding.
“He is not going to let this stop him. He is determined to go on to Thailand now and we are all looking forward to see him home for the wedding. We can’t wait for him to come home ” said Tina.
Tina was talking to Arron through Skype two days before the earthquake hit Nepal. They had been in Kathmandu and had decided to do the Annapurna trek in the Himalayas rather than Mount Everest as it was too expensive.
“They were both in great form. Because they’re on a travellers budget, they decided to do the Annapurna trial instead- it was a blessing in disguise” said Tina.
Tina said her family and friends were a wonderful support as they waited to hear if Arron had survived the earthquake. “It was a very difficult twenty four hours, our family and friends were great as were the officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs,” said Tina.