"It was a freak injury that in another 100 years of medicine, we may never see again.
"The intensive care staff in the Mater must be credited for their expertise and fast response which in no uncertain terms saved Shane's life.
"Shane was stabilised in intensive care after the surgery which stopped internal bleeding."
The 18-year-old, who switched to the Republic having played for Northern Ireland youth teams, had been scheduled to remain with Giovanni Trapattoni's senior squad, solely for training purposes, ahead of friendly clashes against Paraguay and Algeria.
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