Tributes to ‘beautiful’ six-year-old from Co Derry who died after surgery for kidney tumour

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Tributes have been paid following the death of a “beautiful” young girl from Co Derry.

Six-year-old India Millar, from Aghanloo, passed away on Friday at the Royal Victoria Hospital where she had been receiving treatment for a kidney tumour.

India – a P2 pupil at Termoncanice Primary School in Limavady – underwent surgery last Thursday but, sadly, died the following day.

She was laid to rest following her funeral Mass at Christ The King in Limavady on Sunday at which Father James Devine told mourners that India was “full of life”.

“At six years of age, India did all the things that six-year-olds do; she loved music, she loved going to school at Termoncanice, even at home she had her own office where homework was done and where she worked on her art pieces so beautifully on display at home.

“She even had a talent most adults would be envious of in that she could bake, being able to bake pancakes from scratch. She was just full of life.

“Then, only a matter of weeks ago, she was diagnosed with her illness and so quickly she has gone to God.”

Close family friends and neighbours of the Millars, SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan and his wife Rosaleen, spoke on behalf of India’s family.

“None of us can know what they are suffering after the loss of such a beautiful young child who touched the hearts of so many,” said Mr Mullan.

“I was chatting to her grandad at the wake and he told me he had bought her a fishing rod and a fishing licence and they planned to go fishing.

“They are heartbroken and we offer our condolences to those left behind, including India’s parents, Noelle and Mark, and her little sister, Molly.”