Dubliner Dave Conway, who fell seven stories, was told by his doctors that Guinness will aid his recovery.
An Irishman living in Australia was told to have a pint of Guinness after defying death in a seven-story fall. Dubliner Dave Conway fell through scaffolding at the side of a building in Brisbane on Australia’s Gold Coast on July 10, 2017. Conway plummeted seven stories onto the cement below. He barely avoided death by landing on his feet, but his body was crushed by the horrific fall.
Having undergone 26 surgeries to piece back together his shattered body, the 37 year old, who moved to Australia in 2002, has also had both of his legs amputated just below the knee and is currently learning how to use a wheelchair.
Although he still faces a long road to recovery, Conway was at least soothed when he was told that his doctors would more than recommend a pint of Guinness to help him along the way. The old adage “Guinness is good for you” may not have been completely scientifically accurate, but Aussie doctors think that every little bit helps when it comes to Conway's recuperation.
"Dave knows he could have died, that his injuries could have been so much worse. The doctors have even prescribed him Guinness to help build up his strength and he's loving that,” his brother Stephen told the Irish Independent.
"He is looking forward to the future and every day he is getting healthier, fitter and closer to getting out of hospital. Everyone is hopeful that Dave will be discharged around March time.
"While I was there I thought my brother would be down and depressed – but he has a goal, and that is to get stronger and fitter to live a long life for his daughter, his partner, our parents, my brother Richie and myself.
"All of us just want the best for him because he is just such a good guy. Everyone just rallied round when he had his accident first and a large amount of money was raised to help with his medical costs."
Guinness has long had a reputation as a beer full of iron, which is why it was often given to blood donors in Ireland immediately following their donation. The actual iron in Guinness, however, is only 0.3 mg per pint, meaning you’d have to drink a lot of the black stuff to get your full 8 mg recommended daily intake for men.
"We are all looking forward to the day Dave is able to come home to Ireland for a visit, but the whole family is realistic that it won't be for a long time. We are just so thankful we have him with us still," Conway's brother Stephen added.
Read more: It's official, Guinness is good for you