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Mum of tragic young Dublin boy who died waiting for heart transplant in UK says 'long-term solution' is needed to ...

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The mother of a young Dublin boy who tragically passed away while waiting for a heart transplant in the UK says a new temporary night-time air ambulance service isn't satisfactory.

Gavin Coyne, aged ten, from Clarehall in Dublin, died in February in a UK hospital where he was awaiting the lifesaving operation.

Now his mum Maria is campaigning for other Irish children in need of transplants and has slammed the decision to award a two-year temporary contract for a night-time air ambulance to transfer HSE patients to the UK.

The multi-million euro service has been contracted to a a UK-based service Air Alliance until a permanent solution is found.

Maria said that this temporary service "falls far short" of what Irish children "deserve" and "doesn't go far enough to look after Ireland's children."

Maria Coyne at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in England with her 10 year old son Gavin (Image: Ciara Wilkinson)

"I want to see a longer term solution. We're talking about a lot of money being invested in this plan," she told Independent.ie.

"What's the point in temporary moves like this? It could be a waste of money.

"If we could get someone in who can do the job full stop, from now on and not a temporary solution.

"If we can't provide that service in this country, we need someone to come in on a permanent basis from another country."

Gavin Coyne (Image: Ciara Wilkinson)

After Gavin's death, it took ten days for his body to be returned home to his grieving family and they had to pay for his removal from Belfast Port to Dublin.

His family also had to pay for flights over and back from Newcastle to be with him.

Maria has since called on the Air Corps who had been transferring children during the day and evening only to extend their hours and to repatriate the remains of children who did not survive.

Recalling the "traumatic" process, she added: "Gavin had to travel alone and we didn't know if he was going to get to Newcastle alive."

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