Farm tragedy second for 'brave' boy
A 10-year-old boy killed in a farming accident in Northern Ireland received skin grafts for an earlier life-threatening mishap, it has been revealed.
Aaron Macaulay died when he fell from agricultural machinery in rural Co Down in the east of the region on Tuesday. It was the third tragedy to hit Northern Ireland's farming community in a week and sparked calls for further safety precautions.
Mourners at his funeral in Drumgooland Presbyterian Church near Banbridge were told he had already suffered a serious accident aged two, leaving him with scars and a damaged arm which needed surgery and skin grafts at regular intervals.
Reverend Michael Davidson said: "He showed his strength and bravery every day. He never complained about his arm although he was probably more troubled by it than anybody knew and he would often get tired in the afternoon at school.
"On each occasion he was faced with further surgery he dealt with it with great calmness and bravery."
Thanks to the efforts of the staff in the Children's Hospital in Belfast, Aaron's life was saved after the first accident.
The minister added: "The fact that Aaron was so full of life and so full of fun was all the more special because of what he had come through."
Health and safety inspectors are investigating his death in Ballyward, close to Castlewellan.
Aaron came from a well-respected family active within the local church and members of the community have been left distressed by the tragedy. He had two older sisters, Helen and Hazel, and two older brothers, Matthew and Jack. His parents, Maurice and Wendy Macaulay, are well-known locally as farmers and members of the church.
An earlier private service at the Macaulays' home at Rathfriland Road, Ballyward, was held. Following the church service, a burial took place in the graveyard adjoining Drumgooland Presbyterian.