Terminally ill Sebastian (4) has passed away, weeks after his family brought forward Christmas Day after they were told he had less than a month left to live.
The little boy from Ballina in Co Tipperary passed away today after a long battle with a brain tumour.
In a message to the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One, his family said they “we're 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.
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.”
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.