Berkeley Balcony Collapse Survivor May Not Walk Again

Clodagh Cogley, one of seven survivors of last week's fatal Berkeley balcony collapse, fears that she may not walk again, according to a post on her Facebook page.

Cogley has been left with two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, five broken ribs, a broken knee and a broken spinal cord.

"The chances of me using my legs again are pretty bleak," she wrote in the Facebook post.

Six students were killed last week, including five from Ireland, and seven others were injured when a balcony broke from the side of a Berkeley apartment building.

Cogley hails from Dublin and was supposed to be here just for the summer on a J1 work visa, according to a report in the Irish Times

Though Cogley's prognosis is not great, she seems to be in reasonably high spirits.

"Who knows," she joked in her update, "maybe legs have been holding me back all these years and I'll realise [sic] my talent for wheelchair basketball."

After city inspectors found that the balcony was held up by wooden beams that had been badly rotted by water damage, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley opened a criminal investigation into the incident that could either lead to involuntary manslaughter charges or could end with no charges being filed, she said Thursday.

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Posted by Clodagh Cogley on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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