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Pray for John Joe

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Pray for John Joe thumbnailJohn Joe Toner remains in intensive care after suffering a suspected heart attack.

THE mother of a 10-year-old Clady schoolboy has thanked the community for their prayers as he continues to fight for his life in hospital.

John Joe Toner was rushed to hospital last Thursday morning, following a suspected heart attack, after he collapsed at St Malachy's Primary School in Ballymoyer.

It is understood quick-thinking members of staff at the Whitecross school performed CPR on little John Joe, before he was conveyed to hospital, where he remains in intensive care. The schoolboy's devastated parents Cormac and Maria, who have been maintaining a bedside vigil at the Royal Victoria Hospital, revealed they have been overwhelmed by the community's prayers.

John Joe's mother Maria told the Ulster Gazette, she would like to thank everyone for their support and revealed people's prayers "have been carrying us and giving strength", during these difficult days.

"John Joe needs all the prayers from here on in," said Maria, who has two other sons, Michael and Daniel.

Since news of the tragedy unfolded, the close-knit community has been rallying around the family and many Facebook users have been offering support by changing their profile pictures to a woven red heart.

Hundreds of messages of encouragement have also been appearing on social media, as the local community keeps his family in their thoughts and prays for John Joe's full recovery.

Daily prayer vigils organised by Loughgilly Prayer Group have also been taking place at St Malachy's Church in Ballymoyer throughout the weekend, for the Toner and McParland families.

Parishioners are being urged to pray at least one Hail Mary at 12 noon and 6pm daily for John Joe.

Further adoration and prayer Masses are being planned for this evening (Monday) at St Brigid's Church in Carrickananney at 7pm and on Tuesday in St Malachy's Church, Ballymoyer, also at 7pm.

A prayer vigil was also held over the weekend at St Patrick's Church in Cullyhanna, where John Joe's grandparents are members of the Prayer Group.

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