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Thursday 23 March 2017

'I held Estlin in my arms, wrapped up warm, as she took her last breath'

Amy Dutil-Wall with her partner Vincent Wall who is fighting for his life in hospital and her daughter Estlin (3) who died on Saturday
Amy Dutil-Wall with her partner Vincent Wall who is fighting for his life in hospital and her daughter Estlin (3) who died on Saturday

A devastated mother has spoken with pride that her three-year-old daughter's organs will be used to save the lives of others.

Young Estlin Luna's life-support machine was switched off on Saturday after she was involved in a horrific car crash in Co Clare last week.

Her lungs are already in transit to a young recipient in the UK, said her mother, Amy Dutil-Wall.

Amy's partner, Vincent Wall, is fighting for his life after sustaining brain injuries in the collision.

Amy is now trying to care for their 12-week-old son, Mannix, while coming to terms with the tragedy.

Breaths

She said she and her heartbroken sisters sang Estlin to sleep in a Dublin hospital when her life support machine was switched off.

"I didn't get to hold Estlin when she took her first breaths," Amy posted in a social media notice. "Tonight, I held her in my arms, wrapped up warm, while she peacefully took her last.

"As I sang her to sleep, the last beat of her heart echoed in my hand. I'm feeling so much peace right now, that she can finally rest ... she has been so brave.

"We've just been told her precious lungs are already in transit to a young recipient in the UK. A life saved, by my little girl.

"Not many of us can say that about ourselves. I'm the proudest Momma tonight."

Vincent's brother, singer-cum-actor Steve Wall, stars in Moone Boy and founded Irish bands The Stunning and The Walls.

He has launched an online fundraising appeal for the devastated family who face massive rehabilitation costs.

The GoFundMe appeal was launched with the initial target of raising €5,000. However, in just three days, it raised €30,000.

Steve issued the emotional appeal via his Facebook page as he described the horrific car crash as "a tragedy beyond belief".

"Last Wednesday morning my youngest brother Vincent and his daughter Estlin were involved in a terrible car crash in Co Clare," the musician posted.

"Vincent is in hospital in Dublin with massive brain injuries and still hasn't opened his eyes.

"At around 9pm [Saturday] little Estlin's life support was turned off and she passed away in her mother Amy's arms.

"[Amy] is also nursing their 12-week old baby Mannix. It is a tragedy beyond belief and we are all in bits. The details of Estlin's funeral in Ennistymon will be on RIP.ie soon.

"Please don't send any flowers but consider donating something, no matter how small, to this fund set up by the community of Ennistymon to help Amy and Vinnie through the difficult times ahead.

"Vinnie is much loved by everyone in west Clare and beyond."

Donations can be made on wallfamilyfund.com.

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