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Zephaniah: Boy dies after being pulled from backyard pool in Raby, Sydney

A Sydney toddler who died days after being pulled from a backyard pool is being remembered as ‘too perfect for this world’.

A young mother has been forced to say goodbye to her 20-month-old son who died after being pulled from a backyard pool in Sydney’s southwest.

Tahlia Klarnett’s son Zephaniah was fighting for his life in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead but the boy succumbed to his condition on Wednesday.

The child, whose nickname was Zephy, was dragged from the backyard pool at a Raby home along Lockheed St on October 20.

Emergency services responded to calls for help at about 7.30pm that night and found the boy unconscious and unresponsive.

He was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.

Following his death, Ms Klarnett decided to have Zephy’s organs donated to “help another family avoid the same heartbreak that she is going through”.

In a statement, the family said Zephy was supported by his family and friends during the fight of his life.

“Unfortunately, God had other plans and he passed away on the 27th of October, 2021,” it read.

Family members also took to social media to share their grief and loss.

User Palepa Setefano remembered Zephy as a strong “soldier” who was “too perfect for this world”.

“My heart is broken. I wish it was never you,” the post began.

“You fought such a good fight (and) you will forever have such a huge impact on my life, just as you have with so many others.

“I will always look out for crows, since you loved mimicking them … forever one.”

A GoFundMe page was set up for the boy’s family before Zephy “grew his angel wings”, hoping to raise $10,000.

So far, more than $5500 has been raised in a matter of days.

“May you fly high in the skies Zephy, look over your beautiful mummy and have sweet dreams,” the page reads.

“On behalf of Tahlia and her family, they’d like to thank everyone that sent their well wishes and thoughts. They were all noticed and the family are forever grateful.

“As a young mum, Tahlia has always made sure Zephy never went without.

“She is now going through the hardest time of her life and the last thing I want is her stressing about coming up with funds to give her baby the send off he deserves.”

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