The seven Irish students who survived a balcony collapse in the college town of Berkeley, California, remain hospitalized in varying states of recovery nearly a week later.
All of the students face long physical and mental recoveries, and they probably won’t be returning to Ireland soon, said the Rev. Aidan McAleenan of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland.
The injured are in three area hospitals. They are Hannah Waters, Aoife Beary, Clodagh Cogley, Niall Murray, Seán Fahey, Jack Halpin and Conor Flynn, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Their ages were not immediately available.
The students were on a balcony that snapped off the fifth floor of an apartment building Tuesday during a birthday party. Five 21-year-old students from Ireland and a 22-year-old from California died.
A spokesman with John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek said two of the injured, Halpin and Flynn, were in fair condition Monday.
“They’re the ones who are doing really well,” said McAleenan, who has visited the injured students and their families. “They’re young and vibrant.”
The two women at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, Aoife Beary and Hannah Waters, have more extensive injuries, he said. “They will be there for quite a while,” McAleenan said.
The rest of the injured are recovering at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
Representatives with Eden and Highland directed reporters to the Irish Consulate in San Francisco, which didn’t return a call seeking comment.