May Rose Gibney's mum says goodbye to her 'little angel'
The devastated mother of a six-month-old baby girl who lost her fight against a rare medical condition has laid her "precious little angel" to rest.
May Rose Gibney's tiny coffin was carried on a horse-drawn carriage from her Armagh Road home in Dungannon to St Malachy's Church in Ballymoyer yesterday. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery after Requiem Mass.
The brave tot was born with a rare condition that meant her brain was outside her skull and she had not been expected to survive beyond birth.
But her loving mother Analee Gibney refused to give up hope.
She took her daughter to the John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford to undergo a 12-hour operation back in August. But her baby girl, who never cried and rarely opened her eyes, died in her arms in the early hours of Monday.
Analee had taken May Rose - who had been plagued with health problems - to Craigavon Area Hospital on Sunday night, but she passed away a short time later.
Writing on social media, her heartbroken mum described how May Rose's hard fight had changed her life.
"You made me a better person May Rose, you're my hero," she wrote on Facebook.
In the post written on the eve of the funeral, Analee added: "I don't know what I'm going to do now without her, when I wake up she won't be beside me - she completed me, now I feel empty."
May Rose's grandparents and family circle also expressed their sympathies at her loss.