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Monday 20 November 2017

Berkeley survivor Aoife Beary returns home to continue recovery

Aoife Beary
Aoife Beary

David Kearns

Berkeley survivor Aoife Beary has returned to Ireland with her family to continue her recovery in Dublin.

One of seven Irish students injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley in June, the 21-year-old is the fifth survivor of the tragedy to arrive back in Ireland.

The young girl was celebrating her 21st birthday in June when the balcony at her apartment in San Francisco collapsed, killing five Dublin students on J-1 summer visas and an Irish-American woman.

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She suffered a serious head injury in the fall, and was only recently moved from the high dependency unit at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Centre to the hospital’s brain injury rehabilitation centre in early August.

According to the Irish Times, she is to continue her rehabilitation at the National Rehab Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.

Ms Beary flew home with her parents Mike and Angela and her brother and sister after being discharged from Santa Clara, where she had been receiving treatment since July.

Aoife Beary
Aoife Beary

The young woman from Blackrock in county Dublin returned on the overnight on Wednesday morning, the Irish Times reported.

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She attended a Dublin hospital to be checked by doctors following the long flight from the US before moving to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.

Prior to her return, Ms Beary was undergoing occupational and physical therapy and treatment on her speech and memory.

The tragedy in Berkeley claimed the lives of Dublin students Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, and Ms Burke’s Irish-American cousin Ashley Donohoe.

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