THE parents of little Brandon Nolan are remaining at his hospital bedside as he fights for his life following a 30ft plunge from a Dublin balcony.
Friends and neighbours said the three-year-old boy is still on life support at the intensive care unit in Temple Street Children's Hospital since he was admitted for surgery following the accident last Thursday.
Local residents said it was "a miracle" that the little boy was not killed instantly in the fall from the third floor balcony at the Dominick Street flats in the city centre.
Gerry Carney, a community liaison worker, told the Herald: "Brandon is a little fighter. His parents are at his bedside in the ICU. The family are with him all the time.
"Everyone is hoping and praying that he will pull through. No one knows the outcome yet, but local people have been lighting candles in Dominick Street church since it happened.
"People who don't even live in the area have been telling us they are lighting candles too for Brandon. People are hoping that there will be no complications."
Locals said they are very fond of the little boy who was known for his enthusiasm for the Bob the Builder cartoon character. "Brandon absolutely loves Bob," said one local.
Brandon had emergency surgery at the hospital within hours of his arrival to relieve a blood clot on his brain.
His shocked mother Therese told the Herald: "He's blessed. He's blessed," adding that it is remarkable her son wasn't killed instantly.
She explained: "I was sitting down and I was on the phone. Spongebob was on the telly. I didn't see him."
Brandon is the youngest of four boys in the family and his worried mum is expecting another child shortly.
Neighbour Carol Rooney (49) said: "I heard screaming and shouting just after 6 o'clock. It was terrible. He's a lovely little boy.
"When the ambulance came I heard the child crying and I thanked God that he was still alive. We're all praying for him."
Residents of the flats called for better safety measures to be introduced.
Kenneth Dowdall (68) said afterwards: "People with small children should not be living on the top floors of these flats.
"There's not enough protection on the balconies. Any child will get up to anything.
"It's so easy for any child to climb on to the railings."email@example.com