Ill 4-year-old who had Christmas brought forward passes away
4-year-old Sebastian McLoughlin from Ballina, Tipperary, passed away today.
The terminally ill boy had been battling a brain tumour for some time.
His family had brought Christmas forward for his after they were told he had less than a month to live.
In a message to the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One, his family said they “were so thankful to everyone” for all the support they had receive following their plea for help with celebrating Sebastian’s “favourite time of year”.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that poor little Sebastian passed away earlier today,” said host Ray D’Arcy.
“We were blown away with the outpouring of generosity… there was a real sense community. It felt like the whole country was giving Sebastian a big hug.
“We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his Mum, Ann, Dad Connor and Big Brother Ethan ... his Uncle Dan and family friend Kieran along with extended family members.”
Sebastian fell ill in January this year with eye trouble, headaches and vomiting.
An optician referred them to hospital where doctors found a golf-ball sized tumour at the back of his head.
Even though medics managed to remove the tumour during surgery at Temple Street Children's Hospital and Sebastian underwent chemotherapy, he became ill again and MRI results were "as bad as it could be" his father Conor McLoughlin said.
Last month, Mr McLoughlin made a special appeal to listeners to the Ray D’Arcy Show, asking for their help in “bringing forward Christmas” so Sebastian could enjoy it “one last time.”
"Sebastian really loves Christmas, like any child, it's his favourite time of the year. He looks forward to it from one end of the year to the other," he told Ray D'Arcy.
Host Ray said he was "taken aback" by the generosity of people who heard of the appeal for Sebastian.
“Sebastian’s Christmas Day happened on Saturday 30th with the help of the local community in Killaloe and the listeners to this show,” said the host.
“We were blown away with the outpouring of generosity and caring toward Sebastian and his family… The humanity of our listeners over the last 24 hours has been amazing," he said.