Saturday 1 October 2016

Victims may remain in the States for weeks

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

Students attend a service for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy in UCD yesterday
Students attend a service for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy in UCD yesterday
Aoife Beary
Jack Halpin
Conor Flynn
Hannah Waters
Niall Murray
Clodagh Cogley
Sean Fahey

The seven victims who survived the fall from the balcony are continuing to recover from their serious injuries in hospital and several of them are likely to remain in the States for a number of weeks.

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The seven victims who survived the fall from the balcony are continuing to recover from their serious injuries in hospital and several of them are likely to remain in the States for a number of weeks.

Celine Kennedy, from the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco, said there had been "quite a number of broken bones" and "some surgeries".

"They are doing well under the circumstances," she said last night.

Hannah Waters and Aoife Beary sustained the most serious injuries during the horrific balcony collapse, which occurred when the group of friends were celebrating Aoife's 21st birthday. They were taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, almost seven miles from the apartment at 2020 Kittredge Street.

Conor Flynn and Jack Halpin are continuing to recuperate in John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek.

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan visited them and said it seems certain both would recover, adding that their conditions have improved.

Niall Murray, Sean Fahey and Clodagh Cogley are being cared for in the Eden Medical Centre, Castro Valley.

"We have families who are going to be there for a long while, because the recovery period for some of the students will be extended," Ms Kennedy added.

"We are certainly looking at a number of weeks for some of them to begin with, and it depends then how the recovery goes. They are in wonderful hands.

"There is brilliant medical care and phenomenal support for the students themselves, for the injured, for their friends who have been with them from the minute this happened and who have literally been sleeping in hospitals to be with them."

Aoife Beary

Aoife Beary (21), from Blackrock, was last night continuing her battle in the Highland Hospital in Oakland and remained in a critical condition.

Due to the extensive nature of the injuries she sustained in the fall, it is expected it will take several days before the full extent of the UCD student's condition is known. She had surgery on her arms yesterday.

Fr Brendan McBride, from the Irish Pastoral Centre, said the surgery had gone well.

Jack Halpin

Jack Halpin (21) was also said to be improving in John Muir Hospital last night.

It is understood the life-long member of St Jude's GAA club was undergoing surgery last night. His mother and sister are by his beside in California.

Jack yesterday posted a photo on Facebook of him and his school friend from St Mary's, Niccolai Schuster, who lost his life in the balcony collapse.

His father is also heavily involved in the Templeogue club.

Conor Flynn

Conor Flynn (22) remained in John Muir Hospital last night but his condition has improved and was described as fair.

It is believed he suffered a number of broken bones and a fractured skull and was initially put in an induced coma.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan said: "Conor was very positive, and it helped no doubt that four of his friends were with him."

His sister Erin said he was "one of the lucky ones" to have survived.

Hannah Waters

DCU student Hannah Waters remained in a serious condition last night in Highland Hospital, where she was taken to after the fall.

The 21-year-old's mother informed friends on Thursday that she had undergone surgery and that more was planned.

Hannah's brother Marty has been keeping well-wishers updated on her condition and thanked "everyone for their kind words of support during these tough times".

Niall Murray

Niall Murray is recovering in the Eden Medical Centre with his parents at his bedside after he underwent surgery two days ago.

It is understood that the young man, who attended NUIG, sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries during the horror accident.

The brave 21-year-old wrote a poignant message from his hospital bed on Thursday night, thanking everyone around the world "for all the support you have given us through this dark time".

Clodagh Cogley

Clodagh Cogley has been inundated with supportive messages since she had surgery on her spine, knee and shoulder this week.

And now JK Rowling has also sent her best wishes to Harry Potter fanatic Clodagh. The writer last night tweeted that she is wishing the young woman, who is in the Eden Medical Centre, a "very speedy recovery" after Clodagh's friends made an appeal to Rowling. "And sending much love to her, her friends and family," Rowling continued.

Sean Fahey

Sean Fahey (21) from Rathmines is one of three continuing to recover at Eden Medical Centre in Castro Valley.

He is known to have sustained a number of serious injuries in the fall but his condition is not considered as critical as those in other hospitals.

He has already thanked friends through his Facebook page and posted a photo of some graffiti in honour of the six young students who tragically lost their lives.

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