Three-year-old Sebastian Moroney beating the odds against a rare genetic condition was killed by Covid – as his devastated mother explains how the virus ‘ripped through’ his frail body

Three-year-old Sebastian Moroney was born with a rare genetic disease called Niemann-Pick, which impacts the body’s ability to metabolise lipid, resulting in a build-up of fat within a person’s cells.

Sebastian Moroney (pictured) was defying the odds against a degenerative condition but died after he caught Covid - with his mother explaining how the virus quickly 'ripped through him'

He was born with the Type A version of the disease, which typically manifests in people when they are infants. Its carriers do not often live beyond a few years.

His mother, Jordanna, said doctors gave him a grim diagnosis.

“He was expected to live for eight months. He fought and we gave him the best care we could,” the Campbelltown mother said.

“He was terminal … but he defied predictions; he was alive and interacting with the people around him. Until he got COVID.”

The three-year-old did get to see the birth of his little sister Liora (pictured together) before his death

Sebastian tested positive for COVID-19 on December 23 and had to isolate with a parent for 10 days to protect his two-week-old sister.

He spent his third birthday in isolation and died on Friday.

“We’re so devastated. He was such a sweet little boy, and he fought so hard for so long,” Ms Moroney said.

Although Sebastian’s official cause of death was both Niemann-Pick and COVID-19, according to his mother, he was not counted among the nine people who died in the latest reporting period. Is the most visited news, Trending Topics and current affairs website. All rights reserved to Maria Memon Media Group for all content published on this website.