Friends launch appeal to raise funds for injured student (20)
A MAJOR fundraising campaign has been launched for an Irish student who suffered severe head and neck injuries in a freak fall in the US.
Dylan Fitzgibbon (20), from Carrigaline, Co Cork, sustained the injuries in a Boston pub when he tripped and fell down the stairs on May 23.
However, he was later discovered unconscious in a parking area near the pub. The student, who was in the US on an intern programme, was left fighting for his life in a Boston hospital for several weeks.
Boston police have since arrested a man and charged him in relation to misleading the authorities about the precise circumstances of the incident.
The arrest followed a study by police of CCTV security camera footage of how the young Business Information Systems student at University College Cork (UCC) ended up in the car park despite the accident occurring in a nearby pub.
Police believe the original incident was a freak accident but do not accept that the Irish student made his own way out into the car park.
The arrested man will appear again before a Boston judge on August 14 next.
Mr Fitzgibbon now has to wear a special helmet to protect his head as he awaits major surgery.
His US solicitor, Bill Dailey, said the young man has no memory of the events that night. He said that his client simply wants answers as to exactly what happened.
In the meantime, Dylan's Irish friends have launched a special fundraising campaign to support the teen's lengthy rehab programme and to help defray his family's travelling and accommodation expenses.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so by lodging to the Dylan Fitzgibbon Rehab, Account Number 69850759 Sorting code 902979.