Boy who fell from sixth floor of Limerick hotel is back home

The Strand Hotel in Limerick
The Strand Hotel in Limerick

The little boy who fell from a hotel balcony last month has been released from hospital after making a miraculous recovery.

Neil Shanahan, aged two and a half, fell from the sixth-floor rooftop balcony of the Strand Hotel in Limerick on July 2nd.

He spent the last five weeks in Temple Street Children's Hospital but returned home to his family in Limerick last Friday.

Neil's mother Martina told the Times that she believed he was saved in a series of miracles.

“I believe it was a miracle, I believe I got a dig out, I really do", she said.

His father Michael Shanahan previously told the congregation at a prayer service in St Munchin’s church that the family "were blessed first of all by the presence of the first responder, an American nurse whom I won’t name now but who happened to be there at the time, for her intervention and care'.

"We are indebted particularly to the frontline emergency responders at the University Hospital here in Limerick and all at the emergency department, the doctors and nurses, at the hospital for their incredible work as his life hung in the balance".

The family had been attending a coffee morning in the Strand Hotel when Neil wandered away and managed to get into a lift. He found his way onto the rooftop balcony on the sixth floor before falling to the ground. 

One witness described seeing him hanging from the letters of the hotel sign before he lost his grip.

"I’m just so delighted I got my boy back. He’s my life. I would never have got over it if we had lost him".

 

 

 

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