Around 600 people filled The Mall Presbyterian Church in Armagh on Tuesday for the funeral of 20-month-old Hamiltonsbawn toddler Daniel Scott who died as the result of Exomphalos – a medical condition which means that some of his vital organs formed outside his body.
Little Daniel passed away last Friday at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, surrounded by his family – his parents are David and Claire.
Their fight for Daniel’s life featured last month in the first episode of the BBC NI documentary series ’City of Faith’ which encompasses the main churches in the Armagh area.
The Scotts told their heart-rending story of how Daniel’s rare condition had brought them closer to one another and to God. And their faith has shone out since then, with Daniel’s death occurring after he experienced complications following surgery at The Royal.
Mr Scott courageously paid tribute to his much-loved son at the funeral service, praising the brave and happy way in which he lived his short life.
He thanked everyone who had helped their situation, not least the medical people, the church, family and friends, and his wife Claire for her selfless dedication to Daniel.
The service was conducted by the Rev Peter Gamble, minister at The Mall. Mr Gamble, who counselled the family during the trauma, praised the commitment of the Scotts to Daniel and sympathised with them in their loss.
He said, “Daniel’s grandfather is an elder in our church as well as David himself. And his two sisters are very involved in the congregation, so it has really struck at the heart of the place.
“I have been with the family every day and we have read the Bible together, reflecting on what Daniel has brought to the life of the congregation.
“In his short life, he brought a great sense of joy to us, and he was always smiling. His devoted parents are consoled by the assurances God promises that the children of believers are safe in God’s care. We had prayer meetings every night, specifically praying for Daniel and his family. It clearly would have been our desire that he would have pulled through, but that is not what God had planned for him.”
Daniel was laid to rest at The Orchard Cemetery in Richhill, in a private family service. Donations are for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children’s Theatres and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, via K G Cheevers, Funeral Directors, 28 Dobbin Street, Armagh, BT61 7QQ.