Aoife Beary, one of the seven survivors in the Berkeley balcony accident, has been released from the high dependency unit at a medical facility in the U.S. following a significant improvement in her recovery.
The 21-year-old suffered severe injuries in the balcony collapse that killed six students on June 16. Aoife, a student from Blackrock in Dublin, is now set to begin an intense rehabilitation program for brain injuries.
She will receive intensive support six days a week at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehab Facility, the Irish Independent reports.
“Having spent the last 2 weeks in the high dependency unit, at last Aoife has started her rehabilitation programme at the brain injury unit in the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehab Facility,” A family spokesman wrote on a Facebook post.
“This will involve a daily schedule of physio, occupational and speech therapy at the Center, 6 days a week for the coming weeks. Her family remain by her side assisting and learning as well.”
According to the social media post, close family and friends are helping Aoife’s keep her spirits up.
“Friends who stayed, in addition to those who have returned continue of call in on a daily basis to share the gossip and encourage her along. Everyone is so proud of her.
“This continues to be is a long path to recovery and Aoife knows there are so many people out there who are thinking of her and wishing her well.”
In a statement released last week, the survivors' families have said that their “constant thoughts and prayers” were with the families of the six students who died in the accident.
"We obviously share everyone's wish for speedy recoveries but we have found that every new week brings more complexity and that the road to recovery is far from straight, even in the very best of clinical environments,” read the statement.
"We hope that our children will be able to make their way home in the coming weeks and months, when they are individually ready and sufficiently strong enough to do so.”
They also requested that when the four remaining students eventually do return home, that friends and well-wishers allow them the space needed to "physically and emotionally" continue their recovery.
"We don't know when this will be, and each will have their own thoughts, needs and time scales.
"But in the circumstances, we hope you will understand and accept our need as parents and siblings to be overprotective of our brothers, sisters and our kids for some time to come.
"They have been through so much."