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Wednesday 17 January 2018

'It was the worst call anyone could get' - Fears for student's sight after quad bike accident on Thailand holiday

Ciara Twomey
Ciara Twomey
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A young Irish student is recovering in a Thai hospital after suffering serious injuries in a freak quad bike accident.

A special fundraising appeal has been launched for Ciara Twomey (22), from Bantry, Co Cork, who was badly injured in a remote part of Thailand.

Ms Twomey is a general nursing student from Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT). She was enjoying a holiday with 17 friends when the freak accident occurred.

The Cork student was on her third day in the country.

Family spokesperson Nick Twomey said the phone call they received to say Ms Twomey was injured was "the worst call anyone could get".

Ms Twomey's mother has now flown out to Thailand to be with her.

Ms Twomey (above) had to undergo emergency surgery to her eye.

"It is the left eye - the right eye is perfect. The sight in the left eye is gone and that is all we have so far," Mr Twomey said. "We have no idea for sure if it is gone or if it is going to come back.

"Hopefully the next operation can take place in Ireland - if the eye has to be removed.

"I spoke to Ciara yesterday and she sounded in a lot of pain. It's hard for her because they don't speak any English."

She is now being treated in a Thai hospital but her family and friends are determined to help get her transferred back to Ireland.

Special GoFundMe and Fundandseek pages have been launched and have already raised more than €30,000.

For more information or to donate please visit here.

Irish Independent

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