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Father of farm death boy Robert Christie stable in hospital

By Staff Reporter

A farmer who was critically injured in an accident in which his young son died is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Bertie Christie (52), whose eight-year-old son Robert was laid to rest on Tuesday, had been in a critical condition since he was overcome by slurry fumes as he worked on a neighbour's farm.

Robert, from Dunloy, Co Antrim, died shortly after he was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Bertie was rushed to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

His wife Simone and the couple's primary school-age daughters Isobel and Alice had to endure the pain of Robert's funeral while Bertie lay seriously ill in intensive care.

Staff and pupils of Knockahollet Primary School where Robert was a popular member of the P4 class also attended the funeral.

They had been supported by trained counsellors as they returned back to class on Monday after news of the weekend's tragedy became known.

The Christie family thanked the media for the respect shown as Robert was laid to rest.

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