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Senator wants walk-in showers

A Fianna Fáil senator is calling for all hotels to be fitted with walk-in showers after a fall in a bathtub shower left him with serious injuries.
Senator Ned O’Sullivan from Kerry spent more than a month in hospital after the fall three years ago which left him with a fractured sternum, 13 broken ribs, a punctured left lung, and the loss of the use of the lower left lobe of his left lung.
 He suffered the injuries after slipping in the bath while taking a shower in a hotel he was staying in with his wife.
Mr O’Sullivan described the incident as a “helpless fall” which saw him suffer severe injuries.
“I went to take a shower,” he told RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke programme. “There was no walk-in shower in the bathroom so I climbed into the bath and used the shower attachment. The bath was very high and narrow. It was obviously intended to be a bath rather than the floor of a shower.
I couldn’t get any purchase and I slipped badly. It was a helpless fall, I sustained very serious injuries including a fractured sternum, my chest bone, and I broke 13 ribs, many of them multi-fractured. I punctured my left lung and lost the use of the lower lobe of my left lung.
Mr O’Sullivan said he waited a number of years to raise the issue as he did not want it to be seen as part of a compensation claim, which he has decided not to pursue. He said he chose not to pursue a claim because he “didn’t want to be seen setting an example”.
I was approached by many, many other people who had similar accidents or their parents had or elderly people in particular. When I spoke in the Seanad last week, I received a high number of emails, phone calls, texts, it was unbelievable.
Mr O’Sullivan has called on hoteliers involved in new builds or refurbishments to include walk-in showers.

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