Monday 11 December 2017

Gavin (10) dies while waiting for transplant

Gavin Coyne died while waiting for a heart transplant in the UK. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Gavin Coyne died while waiting for a heart transplant in the UK. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Ten-year-old Gavin Coyne from Dublin has passed away while awaiting a heart transplant in the UK.

Gavin, from Donaghmede, Co Dublin, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in November.

He was transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England, where he was waiting for an organ donation. Tragically, the boy died before this could happen.

His cousin Amy Coyne said that Gavin had "gained his angel wings".

"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," she said.

The Holy Trinity SNS Parents' Association paid tribute to Gavin, who was a fourth class student at the school.

"Gavin faced his illness with great bravery but unfortunately he lost his fight. For a very young man, Gavin has left an impact on all those who had the pleasure to make his acquaintance," it said. "We ask you to keep Gavin's family, friends and classmates in your thoughts."

Irish Independent

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