A young American woman who had her teeth knocked out during an assault was so appalled with the conditions she encountered at St Vincent's Hospital that she flew home to the US for treatment instead.
The 22-year-old was attacked on Killiney Road at 5.30am on Wednesday.
Two men approached the three female tourists as they walked to the Aircoach stop at the Fitzpatrick Hotel.
The victim's friend told how she saw the two men walking behind her pal but assumed they were on their way to the Aircoach too.
The woman who was attacked was pushed down and suffered broken teeth as well as other facial injuries in the attack while having her bag stolen.
But after arriving at St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance the group witnessed patients lining corridors on trolleys and was told there would be a long wait before she was seen.
She then decided that rather than wait she would fly home for treatment.
"There were patients waiting on gurneys [trolleys] in the hallway to be treated, and the nurses told us it would be a long time before a doctor could see our friend," one of the group said.
"So we had to choose between seeing a doctor and missing our flight or going home and seeing a doctor in the US, so we left and got a cab to the airport.
"It's really very sad because all three of us love Ireland so much, and this was a tragic way to leave."
St Vincent's Hospital was not available to comment on the matter.
Gardaí from Dún Laoghaire garda station are investigating the assault.