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Young Brandeis alumnus seriously injured in rock-climbing accident

At Brandeis, Eduardo Keane ’14, MS’15, was known as a friend to all. Now, his many Brandeis friends are rallying around the popular alumnus after he suffered serious injuries during a rock-climbing accident in Thailand.

According to local media reports, earlier this week Eduardo plunged from a rock face during a solo climb in the Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park at Railay Beach. He was taken by speedboat and then ambulance to the First Standard Clinic in Ao Nang. He was later transferred to Krabi Hospital in Krabi Town, where he is in a coma with a skull fracture and multiple injuries. At the time of the accident, Eduardo, 24, was on vacation with his family in Thailand after visiting his sister in Singapore. 

Eduardo’s Brandeis friends have created a GoFundMe page to help his family pay for his medical care and return to the United States.

At Brandeis, Eduardo was involved in a number of activities, including leading campus tours for prospective students through the Office of Admissions, helping coordinate the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, and serving as a student ambassador for the Brandeis National Committee. He belonged to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Eduardo grew up in Miami and graduated from the city’s famed Miami Senior High. At Brandeis, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and his master’s in biotechnology. Eduardo worked at Mobile Heartbeart in Woburn, where he was an implementation specialist.

“Eduardo was the first person I met at Brandeis,” Genevieve Olivera ’15 remembered. “Since we were both Brazilian, he wanted to make sure that I wasn’t lost at Brandeis. For the next four years, he was extremely helpful and reliable. He has a huge heart. He touches everyone he meets in such incredible ways.”

Cameron Wolfe ’16 recalled that Eduardo, his Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brother, invited him to volunteer at the Rodman Ride for Kids fundraiser one year. They helped out at the event’s barbecue.

“He convinced me to go with him, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable events of my college career,” Wolfe said. “He always tried to get us involved in events to help the broader community. That’s in his DNA.”

Ethan Harris ’16, also a member of Phi Kappa Psi, had a similar experience with Eduardo. “He talked to me about getting involved with Relay for Life,” Harris said. “Through that, I met people who had been affected by cancer, and it has played a significant role in my maturation, development and career ambitions.”

Eli Kaminsky ’16, another Phi Kappa Psi brother, said Keane always had time for his friends. “I had a rough go of it at the beginning at Brandeis,” Kaminsky said. “Eduardo was one of the people who helped me find myself in the first two years. You could call him at any time. He would drop everything and help you and talk to you.”

Categories: Alumni in the News
Date: June 30, 2017