A Co Down girl who doctors predicted would not see her tenth birthday has been laid to rest aged 12 years and five months, after a service which her mother said reflected the happiness of her life.
Darcy Coyle, who was born with the rare genetic and incurable condition Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy (NALD), was remembered as a very special and happy girl who brought untold joy to her mum Janet, dad Darrin, sister Jade and brother Josh.
A grand-daughter of Glentoran FC’s director of football Roy Coyle, the Loughbrickland child had spent her last day at Daisy Hill Hospital, where she passed away on Tuesday night in the company of her parents.
Speaking after her funeral at Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in the New Cemetery in Banbridge, Darcy’s mum Janet said they are heartbroken by her death.
The family had been reflecting with old photographs, remembering the more active times in her life - and a fairytale trip to Paris with Donard Special School last year.
“Those were special times,” said Janet. “Every day we had with Darcy was a blessing. Back in 2006-2007 she was at her most active, shuffling along the floor and able to feed herself.
“When we look back it is evident how happy a child she was - she was always smiling and laughed a lot.”
Throughout her short years Darcy was helped by various organisations, Janet said, and she extended her thanks to all those who helped make her life what it was.
“The staff at Daisy Hill really did all they could for Darcy on Tuesday,” said Janet. “And the Children’s Hospice have been a tremendous support to us over the years, as well as Donard School who had her doing everything.
“The Community Children’s Nursing Teams in Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry also deserve our sincere thanks.