News Berkeley Tragedy

Monday 11 December 2017

‘I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest life possible’ – Brave Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

CLODAGH Cogley, one of the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse, has posted a message to Facebook pledging to honour those who died in the tragedy by living ‘the happiest and most fulfilling life possible’.

In an update posted earlier this afternoon, the Trinity student said:

“Hey friends, just an update to let you guys know how I'm getting on (slowly catching up with the individual messages I promise!) The fall from the balcony left me with 2 collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, 5 broken ribs and a broken spinal cord... Meaning the chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak.”

However despite the extent of her injuries, the brave Dubliner remains upbeat.

“Not the best odds but I'm moving to a great rehabilitation centre here in San Francisco for 2 months (it has dog therapy) and intend to give it everything I've got.

“Who knows maybe legs have been holding me back all these years and I'll realise my talent for wheelchair basketball.”

Berkeley Tragedy Victims' Fund

The Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco has set up an online account to raise funds for the students affected by this tragedy and to assist the immediate needs of their families.

Click here to make a donation to the fund

She said the events had taught her to enjoy life.

“The thing I'm taking from this tragedy is that life is short and I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible.

“Enjoy a good dance and the feeling of grass beneath your feet like it's the last time because in this crazy world you never know when it might be.”

To help those affected by the Berkeley balcony collapse, click on the link on this page.

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