Second student injured in Berkeley balcony tragedy leaves hospital

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The scene of the tragedy in Berkeley last week
The scene of the tragedy in Berkeley last week

A second student injured in last week's balcony tragedy in Berkeley has been released from hospital.

Conor Flynn, from Mount Merrion in Dublin, was released from John Muir Hospital last night. Flynn, a student at DIT, had suffered a punctured lung in the fall.

While his injuries are not as serious as those who remain in hospital, Flynn will still stay in the Bay area for a few weeks for further treatment before returning home.

One of those injured, Sean Fahey, has already returned home to Dublin.

Another of the injured, Clodagh Cogley, posted an emotional message on Facebook last night where she spoke of the severity of her injuries and how she planned to honour those who died.

"Hey friends, just an update to let you guys know how I'm getting on (slowly catching up with the individual messages I promise!) The fall from the balcony left me with 2 collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, 5 broken ribs and a broken spinal cord... Meaning the chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak.

"Not the best odds but I'm moving to a great rehabilitation centre here in San Francisco for 2 months (it has dog therapy 🐶❤) and intend to give it everything I've got. Who knows maybe legs have been holding me back all these years and I'll realise my talent for wheelchair basketball."

The young Dublin woman says the tragic events which unfolded in the last week have taught her that life is short and it should be embraced. 

"The thing I'm taking from this tragedy is that life is short and I intend to honour those who died by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible. Enjoy a good dance and the feeling of grass beneath your feet like it's the last time because in this crazy world you never know when it might be."

Today the sixth person who lost their lives in the collapse, Lorcán Miller, will be laid to rest after a funeral service in Shankill, Co Dublin.