Thursday 18 January 2018

Tributes paid to 'brave warrior' Órán (7) who tragically passed away

Seven-year-old Órán Nibbs sadly passed away Photo: Facebook
Seven-year-old Órán Nibbs sadly passed away Photo: Facebook

Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Tributes have poured in for a young boy whose bravery touched the hearts of many friends, neighbours and even the odd celebrity.

Seven-year-old Órán Nibbs passed away on January 20 after a heroic battle with Mitochondrial disease.

The youngster had been inspirational to all who met him in his native Trentagh, Donegal and beyond.

Back in 2015, Colin Farrell said he was moved to tears when he met Oran and his mother Ashling at an event for children suffering from the rare disease.

Oran’s condition was very challenging one and included severe muscle weakness, seizures and choking fits. There is no cure for Mitochondrial disease.

Since Oran passed away Facebook and Twitter lit up with tributes honouring his spirit and courage.

A group called Our Children’s Voice, which is run by parents of children with life-limiting conditions, posted that Órán was a "brave warrior".

“Donegal has lost a brave warrior today who always had a smile on his face, as he fought the battle with Mitochondrial Disease.

“It’s with great sadness we say farewell to this gorgeous boy. Oran took his angel wings today with his family around him.

“Our thoughts are with his family and all who love Oran.”

On Twitter, Extra Special Kids Ireland posted: “One of our extra special kids grew his wings on Friday.  So sad xxx.”

Oran’s community rallied around him in life too as they raised funds to make sure he had the chance in life by sending him to the USA and Britain for treatment.

Órán’s remains will stay at his home in Trentagh today and be removed for the funeral on Monday, January 23 to the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Letterkenny for Mass at 11am.

His burial will be held at Carrigans Cemetry, Maugherow, Co. Sligo, the native home of his mother Ashling.

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