‘He’s here today with us and we’re really lucky to have him, but too much time had passed between him taking ill and the paramedics getting there that a lot of brain damage occurred,’ Mark explained.
‘The only way I can describe it is it’s like being buried alive,’ he continued.
‘He can’t see, he can’t speak he can’t eat, he can’t drink, he can’t move any part of his body. The only parts that he can move are his eyelids and some slight facial movements and that’s it.’
Mark, who was only 17 at the time of the incident, gave up on his dream of coming to London and pursuing a music career to focus on becoming an architect, allowing him to live near home and help his parents with caring for Declan.
But over time, Mark’s love for music helped him communicate with his brother, with one video of him singing Bring Him Home going viral in Ireland, and landing him a one-off performance slot on Irish chat shows including The Late Late Show.
Though Mark insists that his ‘brush with fame’ at home is far from that.
‘To me, it wasn’t fame. It was never fame. I was kind of recognised as this singer, recognised as the guy from the video with his brother. It always came back to Declan,’ he explained. ‘I was never referenced as being a singer or having any form of experience and from what people see online, that was it.
‘That was all that came from that. Two videos and once they were over, fame is fleeting. So it came and went. I was just glad to see Declan happy from it.’
Seven years on, having bonded with his brother through music, the opportunity arose for him to give his musical dreams another shot on Britain’s Got Talent.
‘He [Declan] doesn’t those opportunities in life now,’ Mark said. ‘He can’t just get up and do things, so I feel I have an obligation to try and do those things either with him or for him.
‘When the opportunity came up for me to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, I just kind of thought as much as I had other things going on in my life, and trying to focus on my career and stuff, everything always comes back to music.
‘I kind of told myself if Declan could do it, he would do it.’
Tune in tonight to see if the judges send him through to the next round.
Britain’s Got Talent continues tonight at 8pm on ITV.
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