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Schoolboy hails lost brother with special Oor Wullie statue

Oor Wullie at Kelvinside Academy.
Oor Wullie at Kelvinside Academy.

A schoolboy has designed a special Oor Wullie statue as a tribute to his little brother.

Omid Najafian, six, and pals at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow have decorated a Wullie in memory of his younger brother, Darius, who passed away aged only two.

The sculpture will help raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital, where doctors and nurses cared for Darius.

Mum Liana, 33, said: “Darius was absolutely fine until about his first birthday when we started to notice he was just a bit delayed in his development. He was picking up bugs and not getting rid of them.”

Tests revealed Darius had atrophy of the cerebellum, possibly caused by mitochondrial disease.

Omid was three and a half when Darius died but Liana says he still talks about him all the time, and loved being able to create the statue in his brother’s memory.

The Kelvinside Academy Wullie will be displayed alongside others at nearby Glasgow Botanic Gardens, which holds cherished memories for Darius’s family.

The BIG Bucket Trail will launch next week when 200 lifesize sculptures go on display in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen, giving Sunday Post readers the chance to see their favourite character in a variety of guises.

Free to visit from June 17 to August 30, each sculpture has been individually designed and will raise millions of pounds for great causes: Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, and The Archie Foundation.


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