MY LIFE – MY DEATH - THE STORY OF STUART MANGAN ON R.T.E.
RTE 1 will air a documentary ‘My life – My Death’ - The Story of Stuart Mangan on next Monday night, August 9 at 9.30pm, writes Susan Caplice. Stuart, a native of Fermoy, sadly passed away in August 2009 having suffered a severe injury while playing rugby in London the year before.
However, his unwavering battle after his injury inspired support from the rugby world including top names like Keith Wood, Peter Clohessy, Shane Byrne and Mick Galway.
Stuart‘s incredible energy, enthusiasm and love for people will be seen in the documentary as will his heroic efforts to adjust to a new life. Produced by the BBC, the film follows Stuart as he leaves hospital and adapts to having no movement from his head down.
“It showed him doing every day stuff like going to the shops as well as going on nights out with his friends,” one source advised.
“Stuart was a really intelligent guy who loved to travel and spoke five different languages. This is a real insight into who he was as a person and how he dealt with such a devastating accident. He never sat around feeling sorry for himself he just wanted to get on with things. It’s a very moving documentary.”
Stuart passed away in hospital having developed respiratory problems. Producer Sarah Waldron later contacted his parents and three brothers and asked how they felt about the show being televised.
They revealed in a statement: “We were happy for it to go ahead so that others might get a chance to glimpse the person he was, and more importantly, if it could help anyone in any small way.”
Thursday 5th August 7:58pm