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Sunday 4 December 2016

Balcony collapse survivor Clodagh returns home to continue recovery

Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Clodagh Cogley

Injured Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley has returned home to Ireland after almost two months of recovery in California.

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

In a statement posted on the Clodagh Cogley Fund Facebook page her family last night confirmed that she has returned to Dublin last weekend.

The post also featured a photograph of the smiling 21-year-old in a wheelchair on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Clodagh's spinal cord was broken and she suffered two collapsed lungs, several broken ribs and a broken shoulder and knee after the balcony collapsed from under her and her friends in a Berkeley apartment.

Her home in Milltown is being adapted to her long-term needs and she is now in the care of Irish doctors.

In the statement, her 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.

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

Support

"We are, indeed, blessed to have such a wonderful community of friends, neighbours, colleagues, classmates and public and private representatives, who have all come forward to offer support and guidance, alongside so many other individuals and groups that we have never even met," the statement read.

The family wished the other seven injured students well in their recovery and paid tribute to the six who lost their lives.

Three of those injured - Aoife Beary, Niall Murray and Hannah Waters - remain in a rehabilitation centre in the US.

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