Parents seek help to give son a last Christmas

The father of a terminally ill child has made an emotional appeal — he wants to give his son one last Christmas, but needs the public’s help.

In January, four-year-old Sebastian McLoughlin’s health began to deteriorate. He began suffering from uncontrollable vomiting and persistent headaches.

Worried parents Conor and Ann McLoughlin, from Tipperary, brought little Sebastian to the doctor.

“He kept vomiting, especially in the mornings. He was up complaining of headaches from time to time and we were in and out of doctors and in and out of hospitals,” Mr McLoughlin told The Ray D’Arcy Show. “He was put on to antibiotics, he was put on to different things and nobody really knew what was wrong with him.”

When Sebastian began squinting, his parents took him to an optician who said there was a pressure build up at the back of his eye. Subsequent hospital tests revealed Sebastian had cancerous tumour.

After an operation that lasted more than seven hours, doctors removed the majority of the tumour.

After completing a few weeks of chemotherapy, Sebastian’s symptoms returned.

He began to squint again and was vomiting uncontrollably. His parents brought him to hospital for more tests but the MRI results were not good — Sebastian’s cancer had returned and doctors say he has only a few more weeks to live.

Christmas is Sebastian’s favourite time of year, so his family want to bring it forward a few months — they plan to hold the holiday this Saturday.

While they have already sourced a snow machine, the McLoughlins are appealing for help finding a sleigh and possibly some reindeer, or an inflatable Santa’s grotto.

Anyone who may be able to help can contact Ray D’Arcy, who has agreed to help the family, by emailing ray@rte.ie.

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