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Wednesday 13 December 2017

THE devastated family of a young Dublin boy who died from pneumonia and sepsis in Australia have said that they want to raise awareness of the dangers of the disease in children.

THE devastated family of a young Dublin boy who died from pneumonia and sepsis in Australia have said that they want to raise awareness of the dangers of the disease in children.

The body of Adam Kielty (11) is to be repatriated to Ireland today following his death in Brisbane at the end of February.

His parents Dermot and Antoinette are making the sad journey home, less than 18 months after they began a new life in Australia.

Originally from Dublin, the family had been living in Bettystown, Co Meath before dad Dermot, travelled to Brisbane for work as an electrician in February 2013, with the family following after Adam's older brother Ryan (16) completed his Junior Cert that summer.

Another older brother Erick (22) was united with 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 explained.

It was soon realised that Adam was seriously ill.

"His vital signs were good but medics discovered the site of another infection which they located in his hip bone.

"Doctors said he may lose a toe on his right foot and could need a hip replacement.

"He did show signs of improvement and the family thought he'd pull through," Susan said.

However, Adam's condition deteriorated and his organs began to fail.

After two weeks of fighting for his life, the sports-mad young boy slipped away on February 22 in the company of his parents, brothers and his grandfather Paddy.

"Adams extended family here in Ireland is devastated," Susan said.

"We want to raise awareness of pneumonia and meningococcal septicaemia, especially in children."

The family are due back in Ireland today and Adam's funeral is expected to take place on Wednesday.

A fundraising appeal has been launched to help with the repatriation costs of Adam's remains.

Susan who is a member of Cilles AC in East Meath has decided to run a half-marathon in Bohermeen, Navan, Co. Meath next Sunday, March 8 to help raise some cash,

All donations can be made through the club's website at www.cillesac.ie and all funds raised will go towards repatriation costs.

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