Tributes paid to 'beautiful, brave' Gavin (10) who died while awaiting heart transplant
Tributes have been paid to 10-year-old Gavin Coyne who passed away yesterday while awaiting a heart transplant.
Gavin from Co Dublin was diagnosed with a rare heart condition last November.
He was transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England, where he was waiting for an organ donation.
Tragically, the 10-year-old passed away on Tuesday.
Gavin's cousin, Amy Coyne, thanked everyone for donating money to help Gavin's treatment.
"Thank you so much to everyone who has donated money over the last few weeks. Heartbreakingly, Gavin lost his battle yesterday and gained his angel's wings. RIP to such a beautiful brave boy."
The Holy Trinity SNS Parents Association paid tribute to Gavin, who was a fourth class student at their school.
"It is with great sadness and shock that we have to inform the Holy Trinity School community of the passing of Gavin Coyne.
"Gavin was one of our 4th class pupils who has been unwell for the last number of months.
"Gavin faced his illness with great bravery but unfortunately he lost his fight yesterday. For a very young man, Gavin has left an impact on all those who had the pleasure to make his acquaintance.
"We ask you to keep Gavin’s family, friends and classmates in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
"Rest In Peace Gavin."