Roy Keane’s role in a ‘Christmas miracle’ has been revealed in a video posted by an Irish doctor.
Former Manchester United captain Keane had a fearsome reputation as an aggressive operator on the pitch and has continued that no-nonsense approach as a TV pundit, but that ‘hard man’ persona is apparently contradicted by this tale.
Dr Niamh Ni Loinsigh put a video on Twitter detailing how Keane made a huge difference to an unwell child.
Ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane (left) has a fearsome reputation on and off the pitch
But that has seemingly been contradicted by a tale of how he facilitated a ‘Christmas miracle’
The video was posted with the caption: ‘I have debated long and hard about putting this video on this platform, but you know what? People need to hear something nice. I give you my tale of Roy Keane and the Christmas Miracle. Roy rules.’
Dr Loinsigh said: ‘This is a Roy Keane appreciation post. Trigger warning: I will be discussing childhood illness, and Roy Keane may also be a trigger for some of you! But, most of you know that Roy Keane is a hero in Cork.
‘The closest thing I’ve witnessed to a Christmas miracle was facilitated, I think, by Roy Keane.
‘This was 20 years ago and we were looking after a patient who was very, very unwell and it came to a point where we weren’t really sure if they were going to make it.
Dr Niamh Ni Loinsigh posted a video on Twitter detailing Keane’s act of kindness to a sick child
‘Unannounced, and without any fanfare, Roy Keane came to visit the children’s ward.
‘He gave that child the boost and the energy that they needed to just keep going a little bit more.
‘On Christmas Eve the professor of paediatrics rang me in tears and I feared the worst. But no, he said that this child was completely better and was going home. So thanks Roy.’
Dr Loinsigh later added on Twitter: ‘I hope Roy Keane knows the huge impact he has had on so many lives. I’m sure this is just one example,’ before joking: ‘I’m a bit nervous now, because Roy Keane finds out about it he’ll probably be annoyed’.