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Sunday 17 December 2017

'Beautiful, brave' Gavin dies awaiting transplant

Gavin previously meeting sports stars Robbie Keane and Johnny Sexton in hospital
Gavin previously meeting sports stars Robbie Keane and Johnny Sexton in hospital

Schoolboy Gavin Coyne has passed away while awaiting a heart transplant in the UK.

Gavin (10), from Donaghmede in north Dublin, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition last November.

He was transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England, where he was waiting for an organ donation. Tragically, he passed away before this could happen.

His cousin, Amy Coyne, said that Gavin had "gained his angel's wings".

"Thank you so much to everyone who has donated money over the last few weeks. Heartbreakingly, Gavin lost his battle yesterday and gained his angel's wings. RIP to such a beautiful brave boy," she said.

The parents' association of Donaghmede's Holy Trinity SNS, where Gavin was a fourth class pupil, paid tribute. "Gavin faced his illness with great bravery but unfortunately he lost his fight," they said.

"For a very young man, Gavin has left an impact on all those who had the pleasure to make his acquaintance.

"We ask you to keep Gavin's family, friends and classmates in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

"Rest In Peace Gavin."

A host of tributes to the schoolboy were posted underneath the message on Facebook.

Just four months ago, doctors at Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin had discovered that Gavin had severe dilated cardiomyopathy with heart failure. It is very rare and the cause is not known.

Surgery

It took only weeks for Gavin's condition to deteriorate to the point where he needed a heart transplant.

Such a procedure is not available to paediatric patients in Ireland so the schoolboy was airlifted to Newcastle on January 18.

Shortly after his arrival, he underwent open heart surgery, when doctors fitted him with a left ventricular assist device.

Gavin is survived by his parents Thomas and Maria Coyne and sisters Rachel (17) and Jessica (15).

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