Thursday 21 September 2017

Irish teenager Triona Priestley died with 'a big smile on her face' as Ed Sheeran sang to her

Triona, 15, had been battling Cystic Fibrosis

Triona Priestley
Triona Priestley

Kathy Armstrong

As the third anniversary of brave Irish teenager Triona Priestley's death approaches on April 1, her mother Bernie fondly remembered the 15-year-old today.

Dubliner Triona passed away after a lengthy battle with cystic fibrosis and received her dying wish of having her idol Sheeran sing her favourite song Little Bird, following the viral #songfortri online campaign.

Bernie said of that day: "On Tuesday April 1st they called us in and they said she would pass that day.

"We called the boys back and their partners. Her doctors, her CF nurse were all in the room. It was a beautiful day and the sun was coming - her heart rate was dropping but Colm (her brother) got up, he was dying to go to the toilet.

"While he was in the toilet his phone rang and it was Ed Sheeran. It was now 12.25pm. Colm said to Ed 'I am going to put you onto Triona' so Colm put him loud speaker.

"I was lying in the bed beside Triona and we all listened to Ed sing Little Bird from start to finish and when he finished we all clapped."

Triona Priestly
Triona Priestly

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Speaking to Ray D'Arcy on RTE Radio One, Bernie spoke about the moment she realised her daughter had died.

She said: "When I looked down at Triona I said I think she is asleep. The consultant checked her and her heart had stopped, she had passed away.

"The consultant asked would we like him to remove the mask and when he did she had a big smile on her face.

Ed Sheeran sang to Triona Priestley over the phone
Ed Sheeran sang to Triona Priestley over the phone

"The doctor on the ward said, 'In all my years I’ve never experienced a nicer passing'.

"For me if she could have written the script it was perfect! She loved Hollywood."

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