Monday 26 February 2018

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling wishes Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley 'a speedy recovery'

Clodagh Cogley who was injured in a balcony fall in Berkeley.
Clodagh Cogley who was injured in a balcony fall in Berkeley.
Clodagh Cogley from Milltown, Dublin, injured in the Berkeley balcony fall. (ID by her dad to Adam)

David Kearns

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has wished Berkeley balcony victim Clodagh Cogley a "speedy recovery", following an appeal by her brother who said the young student was a big Harry Potter fan.

Posting on her official Twitter account, the author wrote: "Wishing Clodagh Cogley a very speedy recovery and sending much love to her, her friends and family xxx".

Yesterday, the brother of the Irish student, who was injured in the Berkeley tragedy, appealed to Ms Rowling to get in touch with his hospitalised sister. 

Read more: Friends and family of Clodagh Cogley ask JK Rowling to contact injured Irish student as she listens to Harry Potter tapes in Berkeley hospital

The granddaughter of legendary RTE rugby commentator Fred Cogley, Ms Clodagh suffered extensive injuries to her legs and spine.

Her brother Daragh had asked JK Rowling to contact his sister because she has been listening to Harry Potter audio books while in hospital.

"Hi, my sister Clodagh was involved in the Berkeley tragedy and is recovering in hospital listening to Harry Potter audio books," Daragh tweeted the English writer.

"If you, Harry, Ron or Hermione would be able to send on any sort of message it would mean the absolute world to her."

The appeal had attracted the attention of a number of other well wishers who added their tweets to the online @jk_rowling campaign.

Clodagh Cogley (21) was one of the seven seriously injured following the balcony collapse in California that killed six other young students.

Ashley Donohoe (22), Olivia Burke (21), Eoghan Culligan (21), Niccolai (Nick) Schuster (21),  Lorcan Miller (21) and  Eimear Walsh (21) were killed when the fourth-floor balcony of an apartment complex on Kittredge Street collapsed on Monday night. 

Clodagh, along with Jack Halpin (21), Hannah Waters (21), Aoife Beary (21), Niall Murray (21), Sean Fahey (21) and Conor Flynn (22), were hospitalised following the incident.

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