article A massage therapist is now being hailed as a hero after he treated a man who died after falling from a second-storey balcony at a Dublin hotel.
The man fell from the second floor of the hotel’s two-storeys building on Monday evening, hitting his head on a ledge in the lobby.
The incident happened at the Hotel Meech in the city’s west and emergency services rushed to the scene.
The patient’s name has not been released but the Irish Independent understands he was in his 40s and had a history of depression.
A group of friends had been in the building and witnessed the incident and rushed to his aid, which is what led to his death.
The group was then taken to hospital by the hotel staff.
“He went in and I made the first massage and we got him up,” the man’s brother, Martin, told RTÉ.
The hospital’s general manager, John Kavanagh, said that while the man had suffered a stroke and a head injury, the family were thankful for his treatment.
“This is not just about the first time the man has been in our care,” he said.
“It is about the fact that he was doing well, had been treated very well and we were very thankful for that.”
The man was an amazing man and we are just grateful that he is safe now.
“Mr Kavanah said that the man, who was in a stable condition in hospital, had a wife and children.
He added that the hotel was doing everything possible to assist the family and that the management of the property were on hand to assist with any questions.