Saturday 29 April 2017

Brave Estlin (3) loses her battle for life, but will help others live on

Amy Dutil-Wall with her partner Vincent Wall, who is in hospital, and toddler Estlin, who lost her life.
Amy Dutil-Wall with her partner Vincent Wall, who is in hospital, and toddler Estlin, who lost her life.

Ralph Riegel and Pat Flynn

A devastated mother has spoken of her pride at how her little girl, who died after a horrific Clare car crash, will help save multiple lives through organ donations.

Amy Dutil-Wall's partner, Vincent Wall, is fighting for his life after sustaining brain injuries in the horrific collision that claimed the life of little Estlin Luna (3).

Amy is now trying to care for the couple's 12-week-old son Mannix while coming to terms with the tragedy that resulted in Estlin's death and left Mr Wall in a Dublin hospital.

She revealed she and her heartbroken sisters sang Estlin to sleep in a Dublin hospital when her life support machine was switched off.

"I didn't get to hold Estlin when she took her first breaths," Amy posted on social media.

"Tonight, I held her in my arms, wrapped up warm, while she peacefully took her last.

Steve Wall. Photo: Frank McGrath
Steve Wall. Photo: Frank McGrath

"Myself and my sisters sang her to sleep, and the last beat of her heart echoed into my hand.

"I'm feeling so much peace right now, that she can finally rest as she has been so brave and these last few days, so long.

"And we've just been told her precious lungs are already in transit to a young recipient in the UK. A life saved by my little girl.

"Not many of us can say that about ourselves. I'm the proudest momma tonight," she wrote.

Mr Wall's brother Steve Wall is a star of 'Moone Boy', 'The Stunning' and founder of rock group The Walls.

Steve has now backed a special internet fundraising appeal by the Ennistymon community for the devastated family who face massive rehabilitation costs.

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The GoFundMe appeal was launched with the initial target of raising around €5,000.

In the space of just three days it raised almost €30,000.

"Last Wednesday morning my youngest brother Vincent and his almost four-year-old daughter Estlin were involved in a terrible car crash in Co Clare," the musician posted.

"Vincent is in hospital in Dublin with massive brain injuries and still hasn't opened his eyes.

"At around 9pm last night (Saturday) little Estlin's life support was turned off and she passed away in her mother Amy's arms.

"(Amy) is also nursing their 12-week-old baby Mannix. It is a tragedy beyond belief and we are all in bits."

He said the family now faced "difficult times ahead" with major future rehabilitation for Vincent.

Anyone wishing to donate can now do so via www.wallfamilyfund.com.

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