Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll was so touched by the devastating story of Sarah Paino, who died in a car crash in Tasmania on Friday, that he has pledged to donate $50, 000 to her family.
Miraculously, Paino’s unborn baby survived the collision and is in a stable condition in hospital despite being born prematurely at 32 weeks. Paino is survived by her husband Daniel Stirling and their two year old son (as well as their miracle baby Caleb) who managed to escape the crash with minor injuries. The pregnant mother had just dropped her husband off at work when she was hit by a stolen Toyota Rav 4. She was just 24 years old.
O’Carroll, who is the star and creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys, heard about the tragedy while he was appearing on Channel 10 news show The Project. He is currently in Australia as part of the Mrs Brown’s Boys tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The Project was reporting on a fundraising campaign to raise money for Daniel Stirling and his children when O’Carroll was a guest on the panel. The comedian was moved to make a donation.
‘I was really touched by the piece you did on Daniel (Stirling) in Hobart,’ Mr O’Carroll told The Project’s hosts.
‘We’re very much a family (on the show), so if it’s OK with you guys through Channel 10, as the Brown family we’d like to donate 50 grand to that fund,’ O’Carroll said.
Earlier this month, O’Carroll also generously paid for the burial of a Polish man who remained in a morgue two weeks after being found dead on Christmas Day in Ennis.
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