THE family of Clodagh Cogley, one of the Irish students injured in last month’s Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy, has shared her recovery journey online.
Twenty-one-year-old Clodagh, a psychology student at Trinity College Dublin, is recovering in a San Francisco rehabilitation clinic from her injuries.
She was one of 13 Irish students who fell 40 feet from a fourth floor balcony after it collapsed during a party they were attending.
Six of the victims lost their lives – Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Olivia Burke, Eimear Walsh and Ashley Donohoe.
Seven others were injured, some seriously.
Clodagh described her injuries in an inspirational Facebook post last week. She suffered two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, five broken ribs and a broken spinal cord.
“The chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak,” she said in the post.
According to the latest update from her San Francisco hospital bed, Clodagh is “working hard and making progress”.
An online fundraiser has been set up to raise money for the Cogley family, as their house will need to be adapted for wheelchair use and she will have costly medical bills.
Hundreds of people have donated to the fund – which has raised €12,500 of its intended €25,000 in its four days so far.