The father of a three-year-old "little warrior" left seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver has said the four hours where doctors battled to stabilise the toddler's condition were the longest of his life.
Paul Higgins also slated as "heartless b*****ds" the occupants of the blue Mazda car that fled the scene after the accident in a Cork housing estate at 4pm on Monday.
A man in his late teens was last night arrested in Cork and taken to Bridewell Garda Station over the incident.
Thankfully, Paul said his son Zac is now making a steady recovery in Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin, where he was transferred, though he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Paul posted a special Facebook message to thank everyone who had sent messages of support to his family after the horrific accident off Cork's Skehard Road.
"I would like to thank everyone who sent well wishes," he wrote.
"After the longest four hours in the CUH, our little warrior hit the road to Dublin by ambulance. He will love that when he wakes up to hear it.
"He arrived at Temple Street Hospital straight for a CT scan which showed good results so far. To see your child that way is the worst feeling I ever had in my life."
Paul also posted a message to the driver and car occupants.
"To the rotten b*****ds that left him [my son] there I hope the four of ye in the car rot in hell ye heartless b*****ds.
"But special thanks to all our friends in Castle Meadows who went above and beyond."
Gardai are now examining a car to determine if it was the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run which left the Cork toddler in hospital with serious injuries.
Detectives are hopeful forensic tests will yield a vital breakthrough in the case.
The youngster was apparently knocked down by a car in the Castle Meadows area as he was playing at 4pm on Monday.
A blue-coloured Mazda saloon car was later found by gardai abandoned less than 2km away.
"Gardai wish to renew their appeal and ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who have any information, to contact them," a garda spokesperson said.
"Gardai believe there were a number of people in the car at the time of the incident and would appeal to the passengers to come forward."