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Thursday 8 December 2016

Friends raise €10k for teacher in coma in Chinese hospital

Teacher Lydia Daly Shorten
Teacher Lydia Daly Shorten

An Irish teacher is in a serious condition following an accident in China.

Lydia Daly Shorten (26), from Celbridge, Co Kildare, has been working as an English teacher in Guangdong for six months.

It is believed that she had a serious fall on Saturday and is in an induced coma and her condition is serious, but stable. Her friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help her distressed family.

"As some of you may already know, in the early hours of July 30 our friend Lydia suffered a serious accident that has left her hospitalised in Guangdong," the GoFundMe page reads.

Worried

"We are thankful that she is currently stable and recovering, but are of course desperately worried for her.

"This fund donates its proceedings to Lydia and her family. Separated by such a vast distance, we feel helpless when the unimaginable happens to someone we dearly value and love.

"We kindly ask that you please consider donating whatever you can to help Lydia and her family in this moment of great distress," it adds.

The distraught family declined to comment further on the accident when contacted by the Herald.

However, in an update on the fundraising page, her dad Paul thanked supporters for donating.

"We cannot express fully how amazing the support you all are showing for Lydia is. Thank you all from our hearts," he wrote.

The fundraising appeal has raised more than €10,500 in just one day.

Donations

Donations of up to €400 have been flooding in from people keen to help out the young teacher and the family.

It is hoped that €20,000 can be raised to help the family cover the expense of travelling to China to be with the young woman.

Well-wishes have been flooding in on social media from friends, relatives and people who know Ms Daly Shorten, urging people to donate what they can.

She left Ireland on February 9 to begin teaching in China.

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