Berkeley tragedy: Outpouring of support for ‘inspirational’ survivor

Clodagh Cogley, one of the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse, has received an outpouring of public support following her inspiring words about the tragedy which killed six students, injured seven, and left her unable to walk.

Berkeley tragedy: Outpouring of support for ‘inspirational’ survivor

On her Facebook page, the 21-year-old revealed she intends to honour those who died by “living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible”.

“The fall from the balcony left me with two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, five broken ribs and a broken spinal cord,” she wrote.

“The chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak.”

Clodagh, who received get well wishes from author JK Rowling last week, said: “I will be put on a rehabilitation programme for the next two months at a centre in the San Francisco area.

“The thing I’m taking from this tragedy is that life is short,” she wrote.

So far, Clodagh’s message has been shared by more than 11,000 people, and liked by more than 37,000.

“Your attitude is an inspiration to all those people who, like me, were horrified to hear of the tragic accident. You will recover, even if you can’t do all the things you once did, you will recover. You are in my prayers,” wrote Kevin Duddy from Derry.

“What a glorious young lady you are and what a fantastic spirit. Hope your recovery is speedy and if walking again is a case of mind over matter I pray you will one day dance again,” wrote Angela Maple from London.

Clodagh, whose father Niall Cogley is director of broadcast in TV3, also previous spoke about how fellow Berkeley victim Jack Halpin, 21, grabbed her and broke her fall. A gaelic footballer and UCD graduate, Jack is still receiving medical treatment in John Nuir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California.

Conor Flynn from Mount Merrion, was also treated at the John Nuir facility but has been discharged. He is unable to fly at the moment and is staying in the San Francisco Bay area.

He was the second victim to be discharged. Sean Fahey was released from Eden Medical Centre on Monday and has returned to Dublin.

Niall Murray, from Rathfarnham in Dublin, who was also injured, was being treated in Eden but has been moved to another facility.

Two other victims, Aoife Beary from Blackrock, Dublin and Hannah Waters from Castleknock, Dublin, remain in a critical condition in Highland Hospital in Oakland, California.

An online fund has been set up to help the victims and their families. So far, more than €200k has been raised on gofundme.com/ j1tragedyfund

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