Monday 22 May 2017

'Hannah is staying strong' says brother of Berkeley victim in critical condition

Hannah Waters
Hannah Waters
Hannah Waters who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley
Hannah Waters who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley

Sam Griffin and David Kearns

One of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse is continuing to fight on, according to her brother.

Marty Waters said sister Hannah Waters, who is from Castleknock and was in a critical condition last night, was “staying strong and battling through” as he thanked people for their support.

Posting on his Facebook page on Thursday morning, he wrote: “Just want to thank everyone for their kind words of support during these though times it really means a lot.

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“I've arrived America to be with my family and more importantly my little sister who is staying strong and battling through, hopefully she can recover as quick as possible.

Hannah Waters who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley
Hannah Waters who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley
Hannah Waters who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley

“My thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends who have lost their loved ones in this tragic accident. Again cheers to everyone for all the messages and support!”

It is understood that Ms Waters, a student at Dublin City University, remains in a critical condition following the tragedy which killed five Irish students and an Irish-American student in Berkeley, California, on Monday night.

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Her parents, Martin and Una Waters, are currently by her bedside.

Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, offered his "most profound sympathies to the family and friends of Hannah, and all of the victims."

"The promise of these bright young lives has been extinguished and that loss will be keenly felt by our colleagues in campuses across Dublin."

The university said it wished "Hannah, and the others, a speedy recovery".

The six students who lost their lives in the tragic accident, top left to bottom right: Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster, Ashley Donohoe, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke
The six students who lost their lives in the tragic accident, top left to bottom right: Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster, Ashley Donohoe, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke

"Our thoughts are with Hannah’s friends and family at this difficult time and we thank all of the DCU students in Berkeley who continue to support each other.”

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The bodies of the six students who died in the balcony collapse are expected to be released to their families later this afternoon, said Irish Consul Philip Grant.

Irish-American Ashley Donohoe (22), who died along with her cousin Olivia Burke (21) from Dublin, will be laid to rest on Saturday at Rhonart in her home county of Marin.

A service for Olivia will also be held prior to her body being brought home to Ireland.

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“The injured are not going to be moveable for some time, so now it’s about getting the children and their parents back to Ireland,” said Mr Grant.

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