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Berkeley families issue statement
27 Jul 2015 22:10
The families of the four Irish students who continue to receive medical treatment in California following last month's balcony collapse in Berkeley have thanked all those who have helped them over what they have described as a "traumatic and difficult" five weeks.
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The families of Aoife Beary, Clodagh Cogley, Hannah Waters and Niall Murray issued a statement, saying the road to recovery was "far from straight", and that they had "been through so much".
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The families said they were mindful of the many friends who were in Berkeley that "terrible night, some of whom were also seriously injured and others who responded so tenderly to the needs of our children at the scene and in the immediate horrific aftermath.
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"We would like to thank all those who have been at our service 24/7 to help us all with matters great and small.
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"The Bay Area and Berkeley police and fire department staff and the ambulance paramedics who were first on the scene of the accident - their early interventions contributed so much to keeping our grievously injured children alive."
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The families said they were "so grateful" to their children's many friends who were in Berkeley on 16 June who had stayed on to continue to help the injured young people, despite having never imagined "such a tragic end to their J1 experience".
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