Tragic Aillidh is at peace now
July 9, 2012
SHE is with the angels now.
Tragic schoolgirl Aillidh Kinnaird slipped away at the weekend after a brave battle against leukaemia. She was just nine.
But the Sandbank Primary School pupil proved that her will to survive was immense, as she clung to life for two days after a priest was called to administer the Last Rites.
Aillidh also captured the hearts of thousands of people who prayed for her and posted goodwill messages on the little girl’s Facebook page.
Her grief-stricken mum, Leigh, had maintained a constant vigil at her daughter’s side in Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital for several months.
She posted a series of harrowing messages on the social network website as she and her husband, Andrew, endured a rollercoaster of emotions over Aillidh’s plight.
In one comment last Thursday, Leigh wrote: “She is barely hanging on, not expected to survive much longer. If she does, it will truly be a miracle.”
Aillidh held on until around 11.30pm on Saturday night when her little body just couldn’t fight a respiratory infection any longer.
Her condition came to widespread public attention in January after dad Andrew turned to CowalCourier.com to highlight the need for a bone marrow donor.
Aillidh’s story was shared around the globe with a host of UK celebrities re-tweeting messages in support of her quest for a donor.
But it emerged last month that – despite undergoing a successful transplant operation – Aillidh had contracted two serious infections.
Andrew said at the time that the transplant was working “slowly but surely” – but he added that medics were “concerned” about the infections.
Aillidh overcame one of them but the other, pneumonitis, attacked her lungs to devastating effect.
One Facebook user posting on Aillidh’s wall summed up the thoughts of thousands, saying: “
We sat with you here in our virtual world. We prayed with you and for her, your suffering was with us as we went about our lives.
“We became involved, thousands of people you don’t know. We told our friends and they were rooting for her too.
“Now she is gone and your suffering must be unendurable. I continue to pray. I wish peace and kindness for you her parents and brother and sister. You have been so brave and strong.
“Thank you for sharing with us. I hope somehow the kindness and love from strangers and friends will give you some modicum of comfort in these dark dark days to come without your beloved daughter. X.”
In one of her last posts, Leigh wrote of her beloved Aillidh: “She knows not day or night, she knows no pain. It is up to our Maker, to decide.”
Rest in peace Aillidh.