Baby Ellen loses fight for life

The parents of baby Ellen Barron McGee have been left saddened after their little angel passed away following months of battling against mitochondrial disorder.

The parents of baby Ellen Barron McGee have been left saddened after their little angel passed away following months of battling against mitochondrial disorder.

Little Ellen died peacefully in Temple Street Children’s Hospital on Friday evening after battling a virus for over seven weeks.

Parents Tom and Lisa, relatives and friends were coming to terms of Ellen’s passing this weekend.

Just three weeks ago dad Tom told the Dundalk Democrat how his little girl was battling the virus.

The little girl came to the attention of the nation nearly a year ago when the family revealed their heart-breaking story to help raise funds for Ellen.

People from all corners of the island contributed to the fund when parent Tom and Lisa revealed how Ellen was battling the condition that sadly claimed the life of her 18-month-old brother Christian ten years ago.

Before the stemcell treatment, Ellen suffered over a hundred seizures a day.

Mitochondrial disorder is a chronic illness and is a genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fails to produce enough energy for cell or organ function.

The family organised fundraising events in Lisa’s native Dundalk and Tom’s hometown of Dublin and the family home in Portlaois, which raised funds to bring Ellen to San Diego for stem cell treatment.

In a statement released from the Ellen Barron McGee Fundraising Committee, it stated “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and the deepest sorrow, that we announce the death of our angel Ellen. Ellen had been poorly for the last 7 weeks, and fought her wee heart out to survive, but God had different plans for her.

“We would like to thank every single one of you who contributed to our fund to save our wee Angel, also those of you who fundraised all over the country. You showed so much love to our Ellen, she became the nation’s daughter, sister and friend.

“You will never know the extent of our gratitude for your generosity. We will be forever thankful to you all.

“Our Ellen is now in the arms of her grandfather Thomas Mc Gee, and in his other arm holds her dear brother Christian. The little fairy’s wings were too strong to hold her here in this earth, she needed to fly to a better place, and her beloved granda and brother met her with open arms on the dark Friday night.

“The world wept this morning, the sky didn’t stop pouring until the moment our Ellen walked through the gates of heaven to meet her brother and granddad.

“The committee, parents Lisa and Tom, her twin sister Grace, her grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends would like this opportunity to say thank you.”

Baby Ellen reposed at her grandmother’s Winnie Mc Gee’s home in Ashling Park. A mass of the angles was held yesterday (Monday) morning at Saint Nicholas’ Church and was followed by burial in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery.

May Baby Ellen Rest in Peace.