A six-year-old boy who died in a road accident in Co Londonderry has given six others new life through organ donation, mourners have been told.
Dan McCourt of Toomebridge died on Saturday at the Royal Victoria Hospital, following a two-vehicle traffic accident in Magherafelt on Monday morning.
Three others had been taken to hospital, including his father Declan, who is currently in hospital.
The young boy’s funeral took place at St Mary’s Church in Bellaghy, with Pastor Monsignor Andrew Dolan saying “Ethan will always be remembered as the lively, curious boy and will never grow old”.
He said the accident happened at the end of the school year, when most of the kids were looking forward to their summer vacation, but Ethan’s had spent in intensive care.
“He was looked after so well in the intensive care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital,” he said.
“Ethan was to die on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 PM.
“That was a big decision for (his mother) Oonagh, but one I’ll never regret.”
He continued: “Despite Ethan’s short life, he has accomplished more than most of us will ever achieve, as before his death, Ethan’s organs were recovered and as a result, the lives of six different people have been revived, thank goodness,” he said. . , adding “in a sense, Ethan will live on through these lifetimes.”
A pupil of St Mary’s Primary School in Bellaghy, a recent post-Bellaghy Primary School Parent Teacer Association read: “I cannot imagine the impact of this devastating news on his family and the St Mary’s school community.
“As a school family at Bellaghy PS, we extend our sincere condolences to the family circle of Ethan, his friends and associates at St Mary’s PS”