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Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish woman (26) hospitalised in China after 'balcony fall' - reports

Published 03/08/2016 | 14:00

A Kildare woman who was rushed to hospital following an accident in China on Saturday is believed to have fallen from a balcony.

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Lydia Daly-Shorten, from Celbridge, Co Kildare, was found by a staff member at the apartment complex where she lives on Saturday morning.

The Daily Mail reports that a neighbour greeted her at 7.45am, but just 15 minutes later, she was found unconscious on the ground near the entrance to her complex in Guangdong.

The 26-year-old was immediately transferred to hospital, where she is believed to be in an induced coma after suffering severe head injuries.

She is understood to be in a serious but stable condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Ms Daly-Shorten had been living in the apartment block since February, while working as an English language teacher.

She was due to travel to Cambodia this week to begin teaching English to underprivileged children, and is believed to have been celebrating the end of her time in Guangdong with co-workers on Friday night.

Her friends have reportedly been taking turns by her bedside in the hospital and liaising with her parents Denise and Paul, who are set to travel to China in the coming days.

Ms Daly-Shorten’s uncle Robert Daly told the Mail that while the care his niece has been receiving is “first class”, the family has been struggling with a language barrier when speaking to hospital staff.

Ms Daly-Shorten's friends in Celbridge have set up a GoFundMe page to help her distraught family cover the costs of travel to China and medical treatment.

The GoFundMe page reads: “As some of you may already know, in the early hours of July 30 our friend Lydia suffered a serious accident that has left her hospitalised in Guangdong China. We are thankful that she is currently stable and recovering, but are of course desperately worried for her.

“This fund donates its proceedings to Lydia and her family. Separated by such a vast distance, we cannot help but feel helpless when the unimaginable happens to someone we dearly value and love.”

In just three days, the campaign has reached €15,000 of its €20,000 goal. To donate, visit the page here.

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