Sunday 17 December 2017

Plans underway to bring Berkeley survivor Clodagh back to family home

Clodagh has returned home from Berkeley after Golden Gate visit

Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley with her father on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley with her father on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Elaine McCahill

Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley has returned home to Ireland after fulfilling her aim of getting a picture at the Golden Gate Bridge.

The 21-year-old student was horrifically injured in the tragic Berkeley balcony collapse in June that saw six students killed.

Clodagh suffered two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder and knee, five broken ribs and a broken spinal cord in the incident.

On social media last night, the 'Clodagh Cogley fund' page uploaded a picture of the young student smiling in a wheelchair on the Golden Gate Bridge with her father.

The family returned to Dublin with Clodagh last weekend and say that she is now "settling into the next phase of her rehabilitation".

In preparation for her return to her home in Milltown, the family are in the process of adapting the house to meet her long-term needs.

"Plans are well underway now for adapting the house to welcome Clodagh home in the near future and for anticipating some of her longer term needs," the family said.

In the meantime, Clodagh is receiving care in a Dublin hospital.

In a heartfelt message to the public, the family said they were "humbled" by the support they received, with more than €109,000 raised for her treatment.

"So many people have offered us support and encouragement in so many ways that we will never be able to thank everyone individually, but in the last two months we have certainly seen the very best of the human spirit on both sides of the ocean," the statement said.

"Our friends and family are continuing to show great patience and restraint as we establish our new pattern of care and activity."

The family also wished the other three injured students well in their recovery. Three of the seven students injured in the disaster - Aoife Beary, Niall Murray and Hannah Waters - are receiving treatment for serious injuries in a rehabilitation centre in the US.

Irish Independent

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