Woman who survived California balcony collapse writes moving Facebook post

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SAN FRANCISCO — A 21-year-old Irish woman who was injured in the California balcony collapse last week wrote a moving Facebook post about moving on after the horrible incident.

In the post, Clodagh Cogley said she intends to live a fulfilling life to honor the six students who were killed when they fell from a fourth-floor balcony at an apartment complex in Berkeley, Calif.

Cogley said the chances of her using her legs again are “pretty bleak.”

The fall left her with two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, five broken ribs and a broken spinal cord.

Cogley said she’s going to a rehabilitation center in San Francisco to recover.

“Who knows maybe legs have been holding me back all these years and I’ll realise my talent for wheelchair basketball,” she wrote.

She said she’s trying to learn something from the tragedy.

“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,” Cogley wrote. “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.”

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