Boy (2) is critical after fall from hotel balcony
A two-year-old boy who fell from the sixth floor of a hotel was last night fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital.
The boy fell from a balcony at the Strand Hotel in Limerick about 1pm on Saturday, suffering severe injuries.
The toddler was treated at the scene by a local doctor before being rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. He was transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin hours later.
A source said the boy had "severe internal organ injuries" and "spinal fractures".
A hotel source confirmed that the sixth floor was not booked for use and it is unclear why or how the boy came to be there.
A hotel spokesperson said: "We are still trying to determine what exactly happened.
"We can confirm there was an incident at the hotel, around lunchtime, when a little boy came off the sixth floor. He is critically ill.
"The hotel is liaising with the emergency services and the gardaí and the investigation is continuing.
"The hotel's thoughts and prayers are with the child and his family," added the spokesperson.
The boy is understood to be from the Farranshone area of Limerick city. It is believed he got out through a door to the balcony, then fell.
Deirdre O'Dwyer from Clare was attending the Strand Hotel gym when the accident happened.
"It happened at 1pm. The boy got out through the door to the balcony, climbed on to a table and fell," she said.
Hairdresser Niall Colgan, who runs a salon underneath the hotel, described the incident as "very upsetting".
One of his clients at the time, a doctor, rushed out to give the boy first aid. Mr Colgan said her actions "may have been instrumental in those few minutes".
Fianna Fáil Limerick TD Willie O'Dea, who was walking to his nearby constituency office when the accident happened, said: "It's a horrendous tragedy and has cast a pall over the area."
Local priest Fr Donal McNamara, from St Munchin's Church, described the accident as "horrendous" and said the entire community was praying for the boy.
Hundreds of people took to social media to offer their prayers and messages of support for the boy and his family.
Gardaí from Henry Street station have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 061 212400.