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Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016
Neil Shanahan, the two-year-old baby who is popularly known as the ‘flying boy’ has survived the fall from the sixth-floor balcony down to a concrete region on Strand Hotel’s first floor. The boy had fallen down in this Limerick hotel on 2nd July.
Finally, after a long five-week stay at the Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Neil is back home with his family at his residence that is located in Farranshone, Co Limerick.
The baby’s mother, Martina firmly believes that her child was saved due to a few miracles.
Neil had spent the last five weeks in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital and was put on a full body cast by his doctors. On Friday night, the family of the baby returned back home after a traumatic period ever since the incident.
Martina exclaimed that she was simply overjoyed to see that her child has returned home safely after spending 70 hours in a critical condition in the hospital. She added that her family would never have been able to get over the shock if she had lost Neil.
Neil’s family and neighbors have named him the ‘miracle boy’ after the incident. Yesterday, the baby was seen playing on a bean bag chair while Mairtin, his five-year-old brother watched cartoons on the television.
When asked about where he had fallen from, the baby replied with a grin saying that he had fallen from ‘the roof’.
Neil’s family was busy in a coffee event inside the hotel when their child accidentally went inside a lift that carried him to the sixth floor of the hotel. Somehow, he had approached the rooftop balcony from the lift, prior to falling down. An eye witness has reported watching the baby hanging off from the large letters spelling out the name of the hotel. Thereafter, he had lost his grip.
Michael and Martina were delighted to see their three children united once more.
Martina has paid tribute to an American nurse who took care of Neil when he had landed on the ground. At that time, the nurse was touring Ireland and had come to Limerick.
There are no physical scars on Neil’s body and currently, he is undergoing physiotherapy to stand back properly on his feet.
Neil’s family has expressed their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Temple Street and their friends, neighbors and family.