Daniel Farrell entered the world on 21st March 2006….. 12 days late, but well worth the wait!
From the very beginning he filled our lives with joy. He was a gorgeous, smiley, outgoing boy with big chocolate brown eyes, long eye lashes and the most gorgeous kissable soft skin. His adoring sister Sophie loved to feed him his bottle and entertain him with her singing and dancing. Everybody who met him fell instantly for his charms.
Although we only had Daniel for 15 months we managed to pack a lot in;
Three magical weeks in the summer of 2006 in Kerry building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and visiting Fungi the dolphin. Inís, our golden retriever was his constant companion and always by his side. His christening was a really memorable event surrounded by all who loved him. That Halloween Daniel donned the cutest superman outfit and partied with all his cousins and neighbours. In November at his sister Sophie’s 4th birthday, Daniel started crawling. We remember it so clearly; Daniel chasing his big sister around on all fours. We were soooo proud of him!
At Christmas, our first and only with Daniel was wonderful! We watched as he and Sophie, filled with excitement opened their presents. We celebrated his 1st birthday in March and he was the picture of health. When we travelled to Disneyland Paris on a family holiday later that Spring, it gave us some of our most treasured memories.
In June 2007, we decided to join friends in Spain for a family holiday. We were so looking forward to spending time in the pool with Sophie and Daniel. Daniel was in great form on the flight over, entertaining everyone. However, a few days into the holiday he started sounding quite chesty. The doctor diagnosed a chest infection, prescribing an antibiotic. Daniel went to bed that night and at 2am in the morning he suffered heart failure. It was fatal.
We returned home and the subsequent three month were a living hell as we tried to find answers to what had happened. Finally, Crumlin Children’s Hospital told us that Daniel had died from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy; a thickening of the heart muscle which would have been present from birth, yet hadn’t been detected during any of his routine health checks. He was one of the youngest cases of HOCM in Ireland, aged just 15 months.
The enormous pain of losing Daniel is sometimes more than we can bear. We will always treasure the 15 precious months we had together as a family. Although his life was cut far too short, Daniel and his story has had a profound effect on so many.
….. Loving Daniel has enriched our lives forever.
We are glad to be able to support LauraLynn House in his memory.
John & Fiona Farrell (Daniel’s Mum & Dad)