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Wife of victim hit by a scrambler in the park fears she'll lose home; Anzhela's plea for help as she prays for 'miracle to save husband'.

Byline: LAURA LYNOTT

THE wife of a man critically ill in hospital after he was struck by a scrambler fears she could be made homeless.

Anzhela Kotsinian, who is praying for "a miracle to save my husband", has been holding a bedside vigil by Ilabek Avetian's side since June.

He suffered catastrophic injuries when the bike landed on his head as he sunbathed with his wife in Darndale Park, North Dublin.

Anzhela admitted: "Nobody can say what will happen with Ilabek because his situation isn't improving."

The public have helped raise more than [euro]36,000 via a GOFUNDME page to help the 43-year-old stay in Ireland and continue visiting her husband at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

However, Anzhela, who is originally from Armenia, is experiencing additional adversity.

She is currently facing homelessness as the temporary accommodation where the couple had been staying will not be available for much longer.

The former teacher said: "I need a home, somewhere I can stay without feeling I will have to leave it.

"I know about the homeless situation in Ireland and how hard it is to find a home.

"But I need help to be able to stay here and to visit Ilabek. That's all that matters to me."

Anzhela is also clinging to the hope some of the money raised might one day go towards her husband's treatment, although there is no evidence to suggest surgery would be a success.

The medical prognosis for Ilabek, who suffered a severe brain injury and lost his left eye, is bleak but Anzhela is refusing to give up on him.

She added: "It's a brain injury, he's very weak but I want to meet with a neurologist to see what possible help could be provided.

"I have heard of brain operations in the US and Germany but they cost more than [euro]100,000.

"I don't have that kind of money and I don't know if it would work for Ilabek.

"But the way I feel is I want to try everything to help my husband. I won't just give up on him, I have hope. I want a miracle to save him ."

Anzhela had only moved to Dublin little more than a month before tragedy struck. As well as her husband's devastating injuries, she suffered a broken pelvis.

Ilabek had worked as a roofer and was the sole breadwinner in the family.

Now his wife is facing joining more than 10,000 people who are homeless in Ireland as the accom-modation where she is currently staying in North Dublin is not stable.

Anzhela is in the process of appealing for help from the city council to find a home and she is applying to the Department of Social Protection for income support.

A Dublin City Council spokeswoman said: "We have numerous services and options available for anyone at risk of becoming homeless.

If Ms Kotsinian could ring, one of our staff will discuss her options with her."

Gardai said a juvenile male was arrested on August 8 over the incident and later released. A file is expected to be prepared for the DPP.

If you would like to donate to the GoFundme page set up to help Anzhela stay in Ireland visit www.gofundme.com/avetian-ilabek.

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I need to be able to stay here and visit Ilabek. That's all that matters ANZHELA KOTSINIAN dublin yesterday

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