Saturday 24 February 2018

Appeal for young Irish student seriously injured in Thailand raises over €33k in just two days

ITT student, Ciara Twomey
ITT student, Ciara Twomey
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

An appeal launched for a young Irish student seriously injured in Thailand has raised more than €33,000 in just two days, almost half the €75,000 target.

Ciara Twomey (22) from Bantry, Co Cork was badly injured in a freak quad accident in a remote part of Thailand on just the third day of her dream holiday.

Ciara had to undergo emergency surgery to her eye.

There are now concerns she may lose the sight in that eye.

Ciara is being treated in a Thai hospital but her friends are determined to help get her transferred back to Ireland for all further surgery.

A special GoFundMe and Fundandseek page was launched for Ciara and it has now raised more than €33,000.

Almost 800 people have donated to support the appeal.

Ciara's brother, Nick, and cousin, Jacqueline, said the family have been totally overwhelmed by the support shown for her plight.

Nick described the phone call informing the family she had been badly injured as "the worst call anyone could get."

The young student's mother flew out to Thailand immediately upon hearing of the accident.

Family and friends are now keeping vigil at her hospital bedside.

Ciara is a general nursing student at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT).

She was enjoying a holiday with a group of 16 friends in Thailand when the freak accident occurred.

Her quad apparently went out of control on rough terrain and Ciara was thrown off, suffering serious facial injuries as a result.

Her friends pointed out that Ciara will require further treatment and reconstructive surgery.

They are determined to help raise funds to offset the costs now facing Ciara and her family both for her transfer home and her future medical treatment.

"This is a  difficult, expensive and challenging road ahead for Ciara," a friend posted on FundandSeek.

"We urgently need to raise funds to assist in Ciara’s care, travel and recovery."

"Ciara is a beautiful, kind young girl with her whole life ahead of her - she is loved dearly by all and we are devastated that this has happened to our girl."

Her friends and classmates said they are determined to do everything they can to help get Ciara safely home to Ireland for further surgery.

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