The parents of a Mayobridge child who died in a window blind accident have donated his organs to save the lives of other children, it has been revealed.
Two-year-old Daniel Grant from south Down died on Saturday evening after becoming entangled in the cord of a window blind.
He was rushed from his Bavan Road home to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry at around 6.45pm but is understood to have been pronounced dead soon after arrival. Daniel’s parents Brian and Paula Grant own a shop in Mayobridge village.
Last night parish priest Fr Charlie Byrne confirmed that the little boy’s organs would be used to help others.
“Yes, that is right,” he said. “His organs being donated to help other children.”
He said Daniel’s parents, Brian and Paula, signed the relevant forms and took the decision on the night of Daniel’s death.
“They took the decision to help other parents,” he added.
“What is helping at the minute is the large family circle and the support of so many people, which is carrying them. But they are still grief stricken, naturally.”
He added that Daniel’s funeral will take place at noon tomorrow at St Patrick’s Church Mayobridge, where there will be a “mass of thanksgiving” for the child.
Fr Byrne added: “It’s such a tragedy for the whole community. They’re a very well-known family here in the community. It has shocked everybody – everybody feels so much for them.
“He was a month or so short of three; a happy child, very full of life, playing away.”
As he understands it, the accident occurred in a toy room in the house, and he thinks the toddler stood up at the window to watch a tractor he heard passing by.
“The people are all very shocked for them, and feel very sorry for them,” he said.
“What words can you say to console young parents like that?”
He said a post-mortem had been performed and Daniel’s remains were on their way home.
The priest said Daniel had three siblings, an elder brother Brian, about seven, a sister Niamh, aged about five, and a younger brother Peter, aged about 18 months.
Daniel Morgan, 56, a sacristan at the local church and living in the village, said: “Personally I knew the young fella myself. I know the family quite well.
“My prayers just go out to this family at this sad time.
“Words can’t describe it. The father of the child runs the local Costcutter shop, so they’re well-known to me.
“It was just a shock. I couldn’t believe it.”
A father-of-two himself, he had seen the child at Mass with his mother and grandmother.