The incredible story of a boy who saved a man from committing suicide

By Samantha Luiz
07 August 2015

Jamie Harrington has tugged at the heartstrings of many after the story of how he saved a man’s life went viral.

Jamie Harrington has tugged at the heartstrings of many after the story of how he saved a man’s life went viral.

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His uplifting story was posted on the Humans of Dublin Facebook page by photographer Peter Varga, who set up the page after being inspired by Humans of New York. The Facebook post, which has gained more than 39 000 likes, details how Jamie spotted a man sitting on the ledge of a bridge. He simply asked, “Are you OK?”

'I can’t really understand how these few words could save his life'

“I knew from the look in his eyes that he wasn’t, and he didn’t say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes,” said Jamie.

Without thinking twice, Jamie pleaded with the man to “come down and sit on the steps” where they sat talking for about 45 minutes about “what was happening to him, why he was 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.”

Despite the man’s protests, he called an ambulance, and the man was taken to St James’ Hospital. Before he left, they exchanged phone numbers so they could keep in touch.

Then the most amazing thing happened.

“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?”

The man then told Jamie that he had saved his life by simple asking if he was fine.

“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…”

Sources: huffingtonpost.com, 98fm.com

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