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Heartbreak as Bangor family announce 'beautiful baby Bella' has passed away peacefully in arms of parents

Bella's story captured the hearts of people far and wide when her parents launched an urgent fundraising campaign to get her to England for a clinical trial

By Claire Williamson

Published 04/11/2015

David and Judith Lowry with baby Bella and their boys Harrison (6) and Joseph (4)
David and Judith Lowry with baby Bella and their boys Harrison (6) and Joseph (4)

The family of a baby girl whose story captured the hearts of Northern Ireland as they fundraised in a bid to get her to England by air ambulance for urgent treatment, has passed away in the arms of her parents.

Bella Lowry was diagnosed at just 16 weeks with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement

Bella's story captured the hearts of people far and wide when her parents launched an urgent fundraising campaign to get her to England for treatment.

Thousands of people donated to help the little girl and to date they had raised more than £30,000.

Tragically, aged just seven months the little baby girl passed away peacefully yesterday in the arms of her "devoted and loving parents".

Announcing the heartbreaking news on their fundraising page today her parents said: "Our beautiful Bella tragically lost her battle yesterday morning.

"We will be having a memorial service for our little angel at Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church at 11.00am on Friday 6th November. We would ask that anyone wishing to send flowers please make a donation instead to The Joshua Kyle Trust.

"Bella passed away peacefully in the arms of her devoted and loving parents aged 7 months exactly at her house with her family."

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