A Cavan tourist who was seriously injured in a fall from a Mt Victoria rope swing in Wellington, New Zealand, remains in critical condition. The news comes as local communities rally round in support of the family, with healing services held in several churches around the county, and more planned to take place.
Debra Drury (24) from Canningstown near Cootehill suffered critical injuries after a fall from the rope swing in a park in the North Island’s biggest city earlier this month.
She is understood to have suffered head and spinal injuries when she fell about 10 metres from the top of the swing’s arc. It was the third serious accident at the site since 2009.
Ms Drury had been in Wellington for about three months as part of a year-long, gap-year trip visiting Australia and New Zealand.
She remains in an induced coma and members of Ms Drury’s family have since travelled to be by her hospital bedside.
Meanwhile, a number of healing services have taken place around the county in support of Ms Drury and her family, and the family’s local Kilmount Presbyterian Chapel, at Maudabawn Chapel, and another such service is scheduled to take place at Kill Chapel on Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm.
A fundraising dance has also been organised in Tullyvin Hall for this Saturday night (November 22). Music will be provided by Sho-Bud, with voluntary subscription on the door.
“Before this accident, Debra had told us how much she enjoyed living and working in Wellington,” her family have said in a statement. “We do not believe she was aware of the danger of the swing, or the fact that two other people had been seriously injured in the past five years.”
They have also issued a strong message to Wellington City Council calling for the authority, which has in the past removed unsanctioned swings, to be proactive in preventing any more injuries occurring at the site.
“Wellington City Council needs to be proactive and cut down the tree in question, and that anyone who maintains a ‘top 10 list’ or guide to Wellington removes any reference to this swing, so that nobody else puts themselves at risk,” said the family statement.
The Drurys have thanked the paramedics and witnesses who helped Debra following the accident, and the intensive care unit staff. They said they are now focused on getting her well enough to return home.