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Mourners told Maddy-Leigh Harbinson (11) `unknowingly' developed Type 1 diabetes

Maddy-Leigh Harbinson pictured with her dog, Trixie
Marie Louise McConville

MOURNERS gathered today for the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who died suddenly in hospital after "unknowingly" developing Type 1 diabetes.

Maddy-Leigh Harbinson, who was from Lurgan, Co Armagh died at the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Anthony's Church in Craigavon, with burial in Lurgan Cemetery.

Her family said Maddy-Leigh had "unknowingly developed Type 1 diabetes that resulted in multiple organ failure".

They described the Year 8 pupil at Lismore Comprehensive School, as a "bright pleasant girl who enjoyed baking, drama and attended FADD for dancing along with singing coaching.

"She was extremely loved and will be greatly missed, such was the bond as a daughter, granddaughter, god-daughter, cousin and niece".

The statement said Maddy-Leigh's parents, Sabrina and Colin would like to thank "the NI Ambulance service, Craigavon Area Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children Intensive Care Unit, St Anthony's Parish Craigavon and the surrounding parishes of Lurgan, Lismore Comprehensive School, Newmill's Presbyterian Church, FADD and to the family and friends who have prayed and supported them through this difficult and tragic time".

Fiona Kane, principal of Lismore Comprehensive School, described Maddy-Leigh as "a very pleasant, quiet and hard-working student who made a tremendous contribution to the life and work of Lismore in such a short period of time".

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