Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Rathfriland girl Molly McCotter by her loved ones at her funeral service on Sunday (5 August).
Molly, who was five, passed away peacefully at the NI Children’s Hospital last Wednesday (1 August) following a bravely fought health battle.
Molly, who was known by her nickname ‘Molly Moo’, was diagnosed with severe brain damage called severe dystonic cerebral palsy which affected all four of her limbs and severe epilepsy after she was resuscitated several times at birth.
Despite her limitations of no mobility and being tube fed, Molly was described as a little fighter and regardless of her pain, continued to smile throughout it all.
Her mum Sandra said her only child was “her whole world”.
With several of Molly’s immediate family, Sandra compiled heart-warming tributes of their ‘Molly Moo’ which were read at her funeral service in First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church on Sunday (5 August).
“You have fought and fought and suffered for years. You have suffered more than many’s an adult in your wee short life.
“I want you to know how much I love you. As everyone knows I am not a huggy person but with you Mols, I was different. I loved our cuddles and told you all the time just how much I loved you.
“I have never, ever, ever loved anyone as much in all my life as I love you and I never will.
“Mummy Moo is heartbroken and she doesn’t know what she is going to do without you. I wish I could hold you forever and never let you go.
“You are my daughter, my best friend and my whole wide world. You are the best thing to ever happen in my whole life. I cannot express in words how much I love you. I cannot believe you are gone.
“Never forget that Mummy Moo tried her best to keep you.
“Myself and Auntie Mary will climb every mountain possible and put a stone at the top for you. What an emotional rollercoaster ride I did not want to end.
“You took your last breath in my arms as I comforted you,” said Sandra in the tribute.
In her short life, Molly was celebrated by her family. A gala ball was hosted in her honour in the Slieve Donard Hotel thanks to the Make-A-Wish charity in 2016.
She was also a Princess for the night just 11 months ago at the Friends of Children Gala Ball in Newry. She also got to experience school life attending Donard School in Banbridge for a time.
Molly’s auntie Mary Moorhead said in her tribute that Molly was her wee “mini me”.
“You lit up every room you went into and everyone who met you instantly fell in love with you.
“You made dark days brighter, long days shorter and hard days easier. You were my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night.
“Not everyone is lucky enough in their lifetime to meet their hero. I met mine the day you were born. How blessed I was to be part of your life.
“Molly, everyone thought that we kept you going but the truth is, it was you who kept us going.
“I will always love you, sleep tight. This is not goodbye, just see you later,” said Mary.
Sandra added that there were too many people to thank for their invaluable care to Molly and herself over the past five years, but paid special tribute to the Children’s Hospice in Belfast and community nursing team for all their help and devotion to Molly.
For this reason the family have decided that any donations in lieu of flowers should be made to The Children’s Hospice (cheques payable to JG Bullick Donations Account).
Molly is survived by her mum Sandra, grandparents Jim and Francis Hollingsworth, aunts, uncles, cousins and the entire family circle.