Toddler fighting for life after fall from sixth-floor balcony transferred to Temple Street Hospital
A toddler who is in critical condition after falling from the sixth-floor balcony of a hotel has been transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.
It is understood the boy and his parents were not residents in The Strand Hotel, Limerick and were attending a private function when the incident occurred at around 1pm.
A source said the child, who is from Limerick and believed to be three years old, fell onto garden furniture, which broke his fall.
"He would have suffered even worse injuries if it wasn't there as he would have landed on the concrete path. It's believed that he fell onto a table," the source said.
Niall Colgan, a hairdresser who runs a salon underneath the hotel, praised one of his customers who rushed to the child's aid while waiting for an ambulance.
"She is a well-known and respected doctor, who may have been instrumental in those few minutes," he said.
Mr Colgan also paid tribute to his staff for their conduct, adding: "Although we are all in deep shock, of course."
The child was rushed to University Hospital Limerick, where he was treated for multiple injuries.
He has since been transferred to Temple Street Hospital.
Gardai sealed off the area of the hotel where the accident occurred
A hotel representative said that their thoughts and prayers were with the injured boy's family.
The spokesperson for the hotel confirmed that the incident took place at lunchtime and said the staff were working closely with the gardai and local authorities to establish how the accident had happened.
The gardai said it appeared the incident was a tragic accident.