Wednesday 26 October 2016

Family of Berkeley survivor Aoife Beary 'overwhelmed' by support as she remains in critical condition

Student's medical team and parents are optimistic that she will make a good recovery

Aoife Beary
Aoife Beary
Aoife Beary

The family of one of the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse are “overwhelmed” by the support which they and Aoife have received since the disaster, according to a statement.

While Aoife’s condition has stabilised following successful heart surgery on June 26, she remains in a critical condition.

“The Beary family are overwhelmed by the support, best wishes, and prayers received for themselves and Aoife from friends and colleagues far and wide over the last two weeks,” a statement on the Friends of Aoife Beary Facebook page said.

“Aoife's condition has stabilised following her emergency transfer from Highland Hospital to the Stanford Medical Centre, Palo Alto for successful heart surgery on 26th June,” the statement added.

The student’s doctors and family are optimistic that she will make a good recovery, the statement added.

“A serious head injury remains her main concern. She has made steady progress over the last number of days, and both her medical team and parents are optimistic that she will make a good recovery.”

“This will be a long and slow road to recovery over many months to come.”

“It is expected that her parents Mike and Angela will remain at her bedside for the forseeable future, and the family are currently making arrangements for Aoife’s sister Anna and brother Tim to travel to Stanford to join them,” the statement said.

Aoife was one of seven students injured when a fourth-floor balcony they were standing on collapsed at a 21st birthday party in Berkeley on June 16th. Six students were killed in the incident.

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