Teenager, who was left paralysed after falling off a nightclub roof, considers herself lucky, despite her injuries

A teenage girl who was paralysed when she fell from a roof at a club in Co Cork has revealed how she considers herself lucky, despite her injuries.

18-year-old Ciara O’Brie,is currently receiving treatment at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Co Dublin and has been told by doctors that she will never walk again after the incident last August. Ciara said: “Adapting to the wheelchair is life changing. I have been warned I will be permanently paralysed but it is early days and this is a long-term road to recovery.” Despite suffering paralysing injuries, Ciara, who travels by herself to Dublin on the train for rehabilitation, explained how she was thankful to spend Christmas at home with her family in Kinsale. “When you are surrounded by people with all sorts of injuries it is a real eye-opener. I am even grateful for what happened to me because there are people so much worse off. When you see people in a worse condition then you say ‘thank God’. There are so many with brain injuries and higher spine injuries that leave them completely immobile and you realise that you could be worse. “It’s also a great experience to meet so many great people and my friends are just brilliant. It’s an eye-opener. You just have to get on with it.”
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