Humans of Dublin
Humans of Dublin
The world can be a cruel place, but this story is a happy example of the best humanity has to offer.
And how could it not?
Harrington, 17, saved a man from committing suicide when he was on his way to buy Gatorade. "I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, 'wow...'" he recalled. "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."
The teen couldn't shake his instinct that something was seriously wrong.
"I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did," his account continued. "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."
Trusting his gut instinct, Harrington went ahead and made the call. "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."
Harrington reflected, "Can you believe that? They're going to name their child after me…He said in that moment that I approached him, he was 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 those few words could save his life, but he told me, 'Imagine if nobody ever asked you those words...'"
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