Boy (2) who fell six floors from Limerick hotel in stable condition

Mother of toddler Neil Shanahan says she is ‘overwhelmed’ by support after accident

Toddler Neil Shanahan from Farranshone in Limerick city is in a stable condition in hospital after falling 20 metres from a balcony on the top of the Strand Hotel in Limerick at lunchtime last Saturday.

Toddler Neil Shanahan from Farranshone in Limerick city is in a stable condition in hospital after falling 20 metres from a balcony on the top of the Strand Hotel in Limerick at lunchtime last Saturday.

 

The mother of a two year old boy who fell from the sixth floor of a hotel in Limerick has said she is “overwhelmed” by the love and support she has received since the accident.

Toddler Neil Shanahan from Farranshone in Limerick city is in a stable condition in hospital after falling 20 metres from a balcony on the top of the Strand Hotel in Limerick at lunchtime last Saturday.

His parents Michael and Martina have been keeping vigil at his bed side in Temple Street Hospital in Dublin, where despite sustaining serious injury his condition is now described as stable.

In a Facebook post the child’s mother Martina Collins, shared a photo of a wall hanging over her son’s bed at the Intensive Care Unit in Temple Street Hospital.

The wall hanging shows a little boy with a parachute.

“This is the image above our little boy’s bed at the Intensive Care Unit in Temple Street. Neil fell six stories on Saturday from the top of the Strand Hotel and despite sustaining serious injury we are pleased he is now stable,” Martina wrote.

“We are overwhelmed, yet again of the amazing love and support of a wonderful family and many friends and neighbour’s. Prayers of healing at St Munchin’s Chruch Thursday at 6pm”.

The Shanahan family had been attending a parish coffee morning organised by the Farranshone Resident’s Association in the Strand Hotel when Neil, the second youngest of three children, wandered off.

The community gathering was held on the ground floor of the hotel. However unknown to those involved in the search for the toddler - which was initially concentrated in the immediate vicinity - the two year old had made his way into a lift and managed to travel to the sixth floor of the hotel from where he climbed out onto a balcony and fell 20 metres.

It’s understood the two-year-old’s fall was broken by a table on an outside seated terrace area.

The toddler was initially cared for at the scene by a doctor who happened to be in a nearby hair salon and who rushed to his aid before the ambulance arrived and he was taken to University Hospital Limerick.

He was later transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.