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Boy (2) who fell off hotel balcony being treated for multiple injuries in Dublin

NewsBy David Raleigh
The Strand Hotel in Limerick
The Strand Hotel in Limerick

A two-year old boy who fell from the sixth floor of a hotel in Limerick yesterday is being treated for multiple injuries in hospital in Dublin.

The boy fell from a balcony at The Strand Hotel around 1pm after apparently wandering off from his family.

The toddler was treated by a local doctor before been rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

He was transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin hours later, on Saturday.

A source said the boy has "severe internal organ injuries" and "spinal fractures".

The boy apparently landed on garden furniture outside the hotel avoiding the concrete ground.

A hotel source confirmed the sixth floor was not booked for use, and it is unclear as to 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 gardai, and the investigation is continuing."

"The hotel's thoughts and prayers are with the child and his family."

The boy is from Limerick city.

It's believed the boy got out through a door to the balcony before he climbed onto a table and fell.

Deirdre O'Dwyer from Clare was attending the Strand hotel gym when the boy fell.

"It happened at 1pm...the boy got out through the door to the balcony, climbed onto a table and fell," she said.

"I was in the gym when it happened the guards were there for hours."