Aoife Beary Bio/Wiki
Aoife Beary, one of the survivors of the 2015 Berkeley balcony collapse, has died.
When a fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California, collapsed, killing six Irish students and injuring numerous more, those on it fell nearly 40 feet (12.2 meters) to the earth.
She was 27 years old.
How Did Aoife Beary Die?
Aoife Beary, a survivor of the Berkeley balcony fall, died at the age of 27.
In June 2015, the young woman was one among 13 persons on a fourth-floor balcony in California when it collapsed.
Six of her companions died, and Aoife, from Dublin’s Blackrock, was left fighting for her life after suffering life-altering injuries.
She suffered catastrophic brain damage, organ lacerations, lost all of her teeth, and had to have open-heart surgery as a result of the 40-foot fall.
Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller, Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, all Irish students, died in the incident, as did Irish-American Ashley Donohoe, 22.
While on a summer J1 trip to the United States, the young group of friends was celebrating Aoife’s 21st birthday in an apartment in Berkeley, California.
After having a stroke on Wednesday, Aoife died at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on Saturday night.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of our much loved past pupil Aoife Beary. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the Beary family at this very difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. pic.twitter.com/BWLXmwuVls
— Loreto College Foxrock (@FoxrockLoreto) January 2, 2022
She had been studying at Oxford Brookes University in England in recent years and had previously testified before the California legislature in an attempt to prevent another tragedy with unsafe balconies.
In the aftermath of the Berkeley balcony disaster, her efforts aided in the passage of a new law in California.
Aoife made an emotional statement during a hearing in 2016 about the incident. She said, “I miss my friends I’ve known since we started school together at four years of age.”
“We grew up together and now my birthday will always be their anniversary.”
Some news items can reduce us to utter fragility and sadness. The news of #AoifeBeary death uprooted the faces and families & stories so tragically impacted by the #Berkeley balcony disaster. Prayerful solidarity with
Aoife’s family and all the other familes. #Grief #Condolences pic.twitter.com/JAOE3xtsDZ
— Gerry O’Connor (@GerryO_Connor) January 2, 2022
Her injuries, she said, included, “A traumatic brain injury, open heart surgery, broken hands, pelvis and jaw along with losing all my teeth.
“I had lacerations in my liver, kidney and spleen. I had a collapsed lung and broken ribs. None of this needed to happen.
“I cannot believe why you’re even debating this Bill – people’s lives.
“You should ensure all balconies are scrutinised in this state to prevent this from happening again.”