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AFLW star Moana Hope shares moving  tribute to her sister Livinia

AFLW star Moana Hope shares moving tribute to her ‘perfect’ sister Livinia as she raises awareness for Moebius Syndrome: ‘I want to take a second to shine a light on this young lady’


Moana Hope has shared a sweet tribute to her sister, Livinia. 

In an Instagram post made on Monday, the former AFLW star brought awareness to Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, which her sister suffers from. 

The 33-year-old shared an image of the pair of siblings together alongside a moving caption. 

Tribute: Moana Hope has shared a sweet tribute to her sister, Livinia. In an Instagram post made on Monday, the former AFLW star brought awareness to Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, which her sister suffers from. Both pictured 

She wrote: ‘Today is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. So I want to take a second to shine a light on this beautiful young lady. You are perfect the way you are’. 

Moana is the sole carer for her sister Livinia – affectionately nicknamed Vinny – who suffers from the rare neurological condition.  

The condition causes underdeveloped facial nerves, and can affect the nerves responsible for speech, chewing and swallowing.

She wrote: 'Today is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. So I want to take a second to shine a light on this beautiful young lady. You are perfect the way you are'

She wrote: ‘Today is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. So I want to take a second to shine a light on this beautiful young lady. You are perfect the way you are’

Vinny lives with Moana and her wife of two years, model Isabella Carlstrom, and the couple’s one-year-old daughter, Svea. 

Late last year, Moana revealed her mum and sister both tested positive for Covid, detailing her family’s harrowing experience with the virus. 

In a post on Instagram the retired Australian rules footballer described it as ‘the most stressful two weeks of my life’. 

Hard: Late last year, Moana revealed her mum and sister both tested positive for Covid, detailing her family's harrowing experience with the virus. All pictured

 Hard: Late last year, Moana revealed her mum and sister both tested positive for Covid, detailing her family’s harrowing experience with the virus. All pictured 

‘Both my Mum and Vinny got Covid. We honestly weren’t sure how my mum would go, with all of her ongoing health issues and being classified as a high risk,’ she began. 

‘And Vinny, we also weren’t sure on how her immune system would hold up and she just didn’t understand what was actually happening to her or [be] able to properly verbalise her symptoms.’

‘Both were very sick and we had some scary moments but both were so bloody resilient and they are okay and made it through,’ she added. 

One big happy family: Vinny lives with Moana and her wife of two years, model Isabella Carlstrom (left), and the couple's one-year-old daughter, Svea (right)

One big happy family: Vinny lives with Moana and her wife of two years, model Isabella Carlstrom (left), and the couple’s one-year-old daughter, Svea (right)

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