The toddler who fell from a sixth-floor hotel balcony at the weekend is now in a stable condition in hospital, his mother has said writes David Raleigh.
Little Neil Shanahan is being cared for in Temple Street Children's Hospital. He was initially rushed to hospital critically ill last Saturday, but in a Facebook post, his mother Martina Collins said her son is now in a stable condition.
Posting a photograph of a cartoon boy and his parachute which is above Neil's bed, Ms Collins said: "This is the image above our little boys bed at the Intensive Care Unit in Temple Street.
"Neil fell six stories on Saturday from the top of the Strand Hotel and despite sustaining serious injuries we are pleased that he is now stable."
Ms Collins, who has three sons including Neil, thanked all those who have been praying for his recovery.
"We are overwhelmed, yet again of the amazing love and support of wonderful family and many many friends and neighbours," she said.
The mother of three, from Farranshone, added: "Prayers of healing at St Munchins Church, Thursday at 6pm. With much love in our hearts, Mike and Martina. Xxxx".
Yesterday, Fr Pat Seaver, a neighbour and curate at St Munchins Church, Limerick, said Neil had been showing positive signs of improvement after his five-storey fall.
The toddler had been attending a coffee morning with his family at Limerick Strand Hotel when he ventured off into a lift which took him to the top sixth floor.
He then made his way out onto a rooftop balcony and fell from the sixth floor, landing on garden furniture below.
Fr Seaver said: "His uncle was telling me that the neurosurgeon has made positive sounds."
"That's good news."
Fr Seaver said that prior to Neil been taken to hospital in Dublin, he initially woke up in University Hospital Limerick.
Of the time leading up to the accident, he said: "Neil and the other children were flying around (in the hotel). They were having such fun.
"It all seemed so safe. We were all in the bar/restaurant area, and no one obviously thought he would go into the lift and up onto the sixth floor."
Friends of the family took to social media this morning to send them well wishes after Neil's mum relayed the good news about her son's condition.
"Fantastic news Tina everyone thinking & praying for you Mike and your very strong little man Neil! x," said Rhona Jenkins.
Eileen Ryan posted: "Thinking of ya Martina, what a few days for u..delighted Neil is stable."
Chris Collins said: "The little guy's a fighter. I hope the improvements keep coming", while Aidan Moynihan added: "Sending love to ye. We are so happy to hear the good news. Such a tough little boy XXX."
A special Mass of healing for Neil takes place in St Munchins Church at 6pm this Thursday evening.