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Father of slurry fume victim Robert Christie 'now in stable condition'

The father of an eight-year-old boy who died when he was overcome by slurry fumes on a Co Antrim farm is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Robert Christie was laid to rest on Tuesday.

The eight-year-old from Dunloy was with his father Bertie (52) on Saturday afternoon when they were overcome by slurry fumes as they worked on a neighbour's farm.

Robert died shortly after he was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

His father Bertie (52) was rushed to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

He had been in a critical condition, but he is now said to be stable.

His son's funeral was held at the family's place of worship, Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church, where Rev Kenneth Hutchinson officiated.

The Christie family had asked the media to respect their privacy during the funeral service which was attended by family and friends from the close-knit farming community around Dunloy and Ballymoney, as well as members of Ballymoney Women's Institute of which Mrs Christine is a member.

Staff and pupils of Knockahollet Primary School where Robert has been 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 tragedy became known.

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