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Sunday 23 April 2017

Heartwarming pictures show miracle boy's first return to creche after six-story balcony fall

Neil Shanahan with Nichola McEwan Rainbow Childcare Academy
Picture Michael Cowhey.
Neil Shanahan with Nichola McEwan Rainbow Childcare Academy Picture Michael Cowhey.
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A boy who spent six weeks in Temple Street Children's Hospital after falling from the sixth floor of a hotel has returned to creche for the first time since the horror incident.

Neil Shanahan, who only turned three last week, fell six stories from a balcony in the Limerick Strand Hotel last July.

This week, the toddler was all smiles as he made his return to creche.

When asked about what happened to him, little Neil told the Limerick Leader: "I fell off the hotel and broke my bones," before launching into a rendition of the Batman theme and confessing his love for Weetabix.

Neil Shanahan Picture Michael Cowhey.
Neil Shanahan Picture Michael Cowhey.

Despite being placed in a body-cast for an extended period of time after his terrifying ordeal, Neil will not require any special care or attention in creche.

Manager of Rainbow Childcare Academy, Nichola McEwan, said he was running around playing with his new classmates straight away.

"He has just settled back in with so much ease. A lot of children have enrolled this year. He wouldn’t have known them. But he’s just slotted in. He loved all the activities. He’s very sociable. He’s just a delight to have,” Nichola told the Limerick Leader.

Neil's parents Martina and Michael are delighted their son has made a full recovery.

Neil Shanahan Picture Michael Cowhey.
Neil Shanahan Picture Michael Cowhey.

He returned home from Temple Street Children's Hospital last August.

Martina and Michael held a Halloween trick-or-treat event, which raised €3,000 for the hospital.

Neil was also invited to turn on the Christmas lights in Limerick after his miraculous recovery.

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