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Family's heartache as baby dies suddenly while his uncle put in induced coma in Spain

Jamie Doyle was in Lanzarote when he collapsed and was airlifted to hospital in Gran Canaria
Jamie Doyle collapsed on Friday

Jamie Doyle collapsed on Friday

Jamie McDowell

An Ulster family has suffered a double tragedy before Christmas.

It comes after an 18-year-old family member was put in an induced coma in Gran Canaria in Spain before his two-week-old nephew was laid to rest yesterday.

Jamie Doyle, from Banbridge, County Down, has had to go through two bouts of brain surgery since he collapsed on Friday with a brain aneurysm while in the Spanish resort of Lanzarote.

He was later flown to Gran Canaria by helicopter for treatment.

The baby son of his brother, Dominic (23), recently died suddenly, the Irish News reports.

Jamie was on holiday with his parents, Mary (50) and Stephen (52) as well as his friend George when he collapsed.

His parents have remained at his bedside and his uncle, Willie Fitzpatrick, told the newspaper of the family’s shock and heartache.

He explained: “It's very sad. It's bad enough with Dominic's baby but now Jamie.

"It's unbelievable. I can't get my head around it at all.

"I have to stay strong for them."

Mr Fitzpatrick said Jamie’s life was saved thanks to the quick thinking from his friend George who immediately rang an ambulance when his pal collapsed.

It is understood Jamie had a pre-existing brain condition which the family were aware of.

His uncle also said the family are trying to raise £100,000 to pay for medical costs and accommodation.

He said £38,000 of the target has been raised already.

"We just want him home,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“We need his mummy home. The children need their mummy and daddy. It's very hard on them.

"To come through a wee baby being buried and now waiting on news of Jamie. It's hard.

"The GAA community have rang me to donate money.

"St Patrick's College, the school in Banbridge that Jamie went to, are holding a fundraiser too.

"The support has been unbelievable. People's prayers and thoughts have been second to none.

"We really appreciate it."

You can donate to the family's fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-jamies-life

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