Heartbreak as lung transplant boy Cian loses his fight for life
A LITTLE boy at the centre of a major fundraising campaign for an operation his family hoped would save his life has died.
Almost €500,000 had been raised for Cian McDonnell-Lynch (4) to pay for a double lung transplant in the United States.
However, the Hope for Cian Facebook page last night posted the news that he had died at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.
"Our beautiful boy is with the angels now," it read.
Cian, from Carlanstown, Co Meath, was diagnosed with a rare condition called Dyskeratosis Congenita shortly before his birth. He went blind when he was one.
Cian underwent a bone marrow transplant almost two years later after doctors realised his blood marrow was failing.
Earlier this year, Cian - who was having trouble breathing - was diagnosed with pinholes in his lungs.
He was getting only 52pc of the oxygen he was breathing, and the percentage was continuing to fall.
His family had been hoping he could undergo a double lung transplant in Boston Children's Hospital in order to save his life.
Relatives and friends rallied around and, with the help of singer Nathan Carter and Home and Away actor Steve Peacocke, had raised €483,000 in the past few months for Cian's transplant.
One Direction star Niall Horan had given his backing to the campaign, donating his personal guitar to raise funds.
However, yesterday morning the administrator of the Facebook page asked for prayers for Cian.
"He has taken a turn for the worse and is going to the intensive care unit," they wrote.
Later they reported that Cian was in a critical condition.
"Right now his big sister Chloe is lying beside him giving him loads of hugs. The bond between these two is so beautiful. Cian is loved so much. We're not giving up on him," the post added.
Cian lost his fight for life yesterday evening.
"Our beautiful boy is with the angels now. He fought so hard. Heaven is so lucky to have him," the post read.
"We are broken-hearted. His Mammy, Daddy and big sister Chloe held his hand until the end. Fly high our beautiful boy where there will be no more suffering or pain."