Agony as parents bring Adam (11) home for burial
THE devastated family of a young Dublin boy who died from pneumonia and sepsis in Australia have said they want to raise awareness of the dangers of the disease in children.
The body of Adam Kielty (11) will arrive in Ireland today following his death in Brisbane last Sunday.
His parents, Dermot and Antoinette, are making the sad journey home, less than 18 months after they began their new life in Australia.
Originally from Dublin, the family had been living in Bettystown, Co Meath, before Dermot travelled to Brisbane to seek work as an electrician in February 2013.
The family followed after Adam's older brother, Ryan (16), completed his Junior Cert that summer.
Another brother, 22-year-old Erick, joined his family at Christmas after graduating as an electrician.
Adam, who had been a hugely popular pupil at his former school, Holy Trinity in Donaghmede, was struck down with the deadly illness at the beginning of last month.
"He had just started in North Lakes College. He came home from school with a sore leg in early February and was sent to hospital," his heartbroken aunt Susan Kielty said.
It was soon realised Adam was seriously ill.
"His vital signs were good but the medics discovered the site of another infection which they located in his hip bone," said his aunt.
"Doctors said he might lose a toe on his right foot and could need a hip replacement.
"He showed signs of improvement and the family thought he'd pull through."
However, Adam's condition deteriorated and his organs began to fail.
After two weeks of fighting for his life, the sports-mad youngster died on February 22 with his parents, brothers and grandfather Paddy by his side.
"Adam's extended family here in Ireland are devastated," said Ms Kielty.
"We want to raise awareness of pneumonia and meningococcal septicaemia, especially among children."
The family are due back in Ireland today, with Adam's funeral and burial expected to take place on Wednesday.
A fundraising appeal has been launched to help with the repatriation costs of Adam's remains.
His aunt, who is a member of Cilles AC in east Meath, has decided to run a half-marathon in Bohermeen, Navan, next Sunday to help contribute to the fund.
Donations can be made through the club's website at www.cillesac.ie.