Northern Ireland school pupil (11) passes away suddenly
A Craigavon secondary school has announced that a 11-year-old pupil has passed away suddenly.
Lismore Comprehensive school said Year 8 pupil Maddy-Leigh Harbinson passed away "suddenly, but peacefully" at the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday.
A Lismore spokesperson said that the whole school community was saddened by Maddy-Leigh's passing.
She will be laid to rest in Lurgan following a service at St Anthony's Church, Craigavon at 12pm on Thursday.
"School will be open after the funeral service for anyone who would like to come together," a Lismore spokesperson said.
"On return to school after midterm break, support will be available for both students and staff.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harbinson family and Maddy-Leigh’s friends at this time."
Maddy-Leigh was from the Lurgan area and is survived by her father Colin, mother Sabrina and brother Tristen.
"Her passing is very deeply regretted by her loving daddy, mummy, brother, grandparents, aunties, uncles and entire family circle," a family notice said.
DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: “This is devastating news for little Maddy-Leigh’s family, friends and the local community.
"A bubbly 11-year-old girl with everything to live for cut off in the prime of life. Having spoken to the family they are just distraught and in a state of shock. My thoughts and prayers will be with them.
"I know that there will be strong family and community support to help carry the Harbinson and McCombe family through this tragedy.”
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