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Injured boy leaves hospital to attend funeral of mother killed in collision with bus

By Donna Deeney

With his arm in a sling and tears steaming down his bruised face, Callum Hutcheon (12) walked behind his mother's coffin as it was carried into church for Requiem Mass.

Siobhan Hutcheon, who was originally from Londonderry, was killed last weekend when the car she was travelling in with her three young sons collided with a bus on the Letterkenny Road.

Callum, a first year pupil at St Columb's College in Derry, was the only one of the boys deemed fit enough to leave hospital to allow him to say a final farewell to his devoted mother.

Callum's brother Ben is being cared for in Altnagelvin Hospital, while Jake remains at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast despite hopes earlier in the week that he would be well enough to be transferred to Altnagelvin.

It's believed they were heading away on a May bank holiday weekend break in Donegal.

The boys' father and devastated husband of Siobhan, Warren Hutcheon, had spent the week dividing his time between both hospitals, but yesterday he led over 1,000 mourners who gathered for his wife's funeral service.

Fr John Farren, along with six other priests including Fr Micheal McGavighan, chaplain of St Columb's College, celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Muff, Co Donegal, where the congregation heard how Siobhan and Warren were childhood sweethearts, having met when they were 15 and 16 years old.

Many of the mourners wept openly as Fr Farren told them that "in an instant of time everything is changed and nothing will ever be the same". Fr Farren paid tribute to Siobhan, describing her as "energetic, lively and fun-loving" but above all she was "devoted to Warren and the boys".

He added: "The loss of Siobhan at such a young age is a shattering, devastating heartbreaking blow for Warren, Callum, Jake, Ben, for her parents and siblings, friends and colleagues.

"Siobhan was so central to the lives of Warren and the boys, she was someone on whose life they had pinned so much.

"Death is so unfair, so uncaring, so cruel, it is blind to the energetic, lively, fun-loving Siobhan they know, it is deaf to their despairing disbelieving cries for more time."

Following Mass, Mrs Hutcheon funeral cortege made its way to the city cemetery in Derry for interment.

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