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Young Dublin man's inspiring story of how he saved a life - and how he's being repaid for it

Inspiring: Jamie Harrington's story is spreading on social media
Inspiring: Jamie Harrington's story is spreading on social media

A young Dublin man's story of how he saved another man's life has been shared widely after he was featured on Humans of Dublin.

Young Dubliner Jamie Harrington (17) relayed his inspiring story to the people at Humans of Dublin who in turn published it yesterday. 

'Humans of Dublin' is a site largely inspired by the popular 'Humans of New York', a page which features images of regular city-goers' sometimes accompanied by a quote or story. 

Harrington, from Ballymun, was featured yesterday and his story is spreading on social media. 

He says: "I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, "wow..." I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn't, and he didn't say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes.

"I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did. We sat on the sidewalk on the south side of the Liffey and talked for about 45 minutes, about what was happening to him, why was he feeling that way...

"I couldn't leave him there alone, but I had to go, so I was going to ring an ambulance. I told him they could help him feel better. But he was like "please, please don't call them, I'm fine, I just want to walk around for a while, I'm gonna be okay!"

"I told him to please let me ring an ambulance, that I wouldn't sleep knowing he was just walking around alone. So I rang it, and he was taken to St. James Hospital. I got his number so I would know what was going on with him for a good while...

"And about three months ago, he texted me that his wife is pregnant, they're having a boy, and they're naming him after me. Can you believe that? They're going to name their child after me...

"He said in that moment that I approached him, he was just about to jump, and those few words saved his life. That they're still ringing in his head every day. "Are you okay?" I can't really understand how these few words could save his life, but he told me, "Imagine if nobody ever asked you those words..." "

His amazing story has been shared thousands of times. 

Humans of Dublin are always looking for stories and can be contacted at [email protected]