Woman injured in Berkeley balcony collapse returns home
Aoife Beary had been treated in California hospital after tragedy that killed six
Aoife Beary: returned to Dublin on a flight from San Francisco
Ms Beary flew home with her parents Mike and Angela and her brother and sister after being discharged from a hospital in Santa Clara, south of San Francisco, where she had been treated since July.
The young woman from Blackrock in Dublin is the fifth survivor of the Berkeley tragedy to return home.
Her return comes almost three months after the incident that killed five Dublin students on J-1 summer visas in California and an Irish-American woman.
The group were celebrating Ms Beary’s 21st birthday when the fourth-floor balcony at the Library Gardens apartment block on Kittredge Street collapsed at about 12.41am on June 16th.
Ms Beary returned on the overnight direct Aer Lingus flight from San Francisco that landed at Dublin Airport on Wednesday morning.
She attended a Dublin hospital to be checked by doctors following the long flight from the US before she moves to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.
Ms Beary, who suffered a serious head injury in the fall, moved from a high dependency unit at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Centre to the hospital’s brain injury rehabilitation centre in early August. Her return to Ireland marks further progress on her road to recovery.
Prior to her return, Ms Beary was undergoing occupational and physical therapy and treatment on her speech and memory. She was reported over the weekend to have telephoned her grandmother in an emotional call home.