The story of an Irish teenager who saved a stranger’s life has gone viral after it appeared on the Facebook page Humans of Dublin.
Jamie Harrington saw a man in his 30s standing over the ledge on Dublin Bridge. He took the time to stop and talk to the man and his kind words helped to persuade him to come back down off the ledge.
Thanks to Jamie, the man was able to get on with his life and he now has a family to prepare for as his wife is pregnant. The man said that he intends to name his son after Jamie.
Jamie told Humans of Dublin: “I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, “wow…”.
“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.
“I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did. 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. 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.
“Can you believe that? They’re going to name their child after me…
“He said in that moment that I approached him, he was just 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 these few words could save his life, but he told me, ‘Imagine if nobody ever asked you those words…'”.
Humans of Dublin is run by photographer Peter Varga and is dedicated to ‘portraits and short quotes from strangers on the streets of Dublin’. It was inspired by the page Humans of New York.
Humans of Dublin Facebook page