Friday 20 April 2018

Over €50k raised for family after horror crash that killed toddler and left her dad critically injured

Young Estlin Wall died after Wednesday's crash. Picture: Gofundme
Young Estlin Wall died after Wednesday's crash. Picture: Gofundme
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Over €50,000 has been raised to help a family from Co Clare after a car collision which killed a three-year-old toddler and left her dad critically injured in hospital.

Vincent Wall and his daughter Estlin were involved in a crash on the way to a creche in Clare last week.

Vincent's partner, Amy Dutil-Wall, has been left devastated by the tragedy and 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 Vincent in a Dublin hospital with massive brain injuries.

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

Steve launched a special Internet fundraising appeal for the devastated family who now face massive rehabilitation costs.

The appeal was launched with the initial target of raising around €5,000, but has reached ten times that amount in recent days.

Vincent is the youngest brother of the Moone Boy star.

Steve issued the emotional appeal via his Facebook page as he described the traffic accident in Clare last Wednesday as “a tragedy beyond belief.”

“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.

“The details of Estlin's funeral in Ennistymon will be on RIP.ie soon. Please don't send any flowers but consider donating something, no matter how small, to this fund set up by the community of Ennistymon to help Amy and Vinnie through the difficult times ahead and Vincent's rehabilitation.

“Vinnie is much loved by everyone in west Clare and beyond.”

Donations can now be made via www.wallfamilyfund.com.

Little Estlin had to be resuscitated at the scene following an horrific two-car collision at 9am last Wednesday on the R85 Ennis to Ennistymon road.

Both vehicles ended up in a roadside ditch.

Three ambulances and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit responded to the collision along with two units of the local authority fire service from Ennistymon.

A local GP attended the scene and worked to resuscitate the little girl.

The Athlone-based Air Corps 112 helicopter landed in a nearby field and airlifted the injured child to University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

She was later transferred to Dublin.

Despite desperate efforts to save her, little Estlin died last weekend when her life support machine was switched off.

Her organs were donated and will go to transplant patients in Ireland and the UK.

Estlin's mum Amy revealed that 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 in a Facebook notice.

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

"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 U.K. A life saved, by my little girl.

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

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