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Berkeley student making progress
02 Jul 2015 23:11
The family of Clodagh Cogley, who was seriously injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley last month, have thanked people for their support and good wishes.
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In pictures released by her family, Ms Cogley is seen sitting up and smiling as she continues her recovery.
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In a Facebook post after the tragedy, in which six young people were killed, the 21-year-old student explained that she had broken her spinal cord in the accident on 16 June.
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She also broke her shoulder, knee, five ribs and had two collapsed lungs.
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Her family and friends have set up a fundraising campaign on a GoFundMe page to help with her medical and rehabilitation costs, which has raised about €20,000 so far.
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Her family said the outpouring of support has been truly amazing and she is making great progress as well as "sporting a new hairstyle".
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Another picture shows her with a therapy dog at the rehabilitation centre in San Francisco where she is expected to spend the next two months.
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The funds will also go towards helping her when she returns to Dublin, where her family home will need to be adapted for wheelchair access.
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In a Facebook post last week, she said "the chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak" but was looking forward to moving to the rehabilitation centre where she said she intended "to give it everything I’ve got".
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Ms Cogley, who is from Milltown, had finished her third year of a psychology degree in Trinity College and had flown to the US on a J1 visa.
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She was one of seven students injured in the balcony collapse.
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Two of those have since been released from hospital. Conor Flynn is still in the San Francisco area as he is not yet permitted to fly, while Sean Fahey has returned to Ireland following treatment.
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Four other students - Niall Murray, Jack Halpin, Hannah Waters and Aoife Beary - along with Ms Cogley are all still receiving medical treatment for their injuries.
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