Funds appeal for teen paralysed in Storm Emma fall
A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise €200,000 for a teenager left paralysed after a freak fall just as Storm Emma was about to hit.
Jack O'Driscoll (19), a keen sportsman, was walking to his Mayfield home in Cork before the storm struck when he suffered a freak fall in the snow and ice.
Tragically, the young man suffered a serious injury to his spine on March 1 which occurred two hours before the worst effects hit the country.
Now, a special GoFundMe appeal has revealed the teen fractured his C5 vertebrae in his neck and faces possibly being left paralysed from the chest down.
The appeal aims to raise €200,000 for Jack to help him with his new medical and living needs.
He is currently being treated at the Mater Hospital, Dublin.
The appeal raised more than €12,000 in its first 19 hours - and supporters have vowed to campaign until it reaches its €200,000 target.