The baby was diagnosed with cancer in September 2020. "There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her," the heartbroken father said.
A heartbroken couple lost their dear 9-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve. According to People, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign, a Wall Street Journal reporter bid farewell to their daughter Francesca after she lost her battle to cancer. The grieving father took to Twitter to talk about the demise of their little girl whom they lovingly called "Beans."
I know a lot of you didn’t know Beans before her cancer diagnosis in September. She had such a pep in her step before she started treatment. And we’re so fortunate she got six normal months of life. This was from the end of July. pic.twitter.com/5Y69iNoFhy— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 26, 2020
He wrote, "We’re heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad." He continued, "There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We’re so grateful to have known her love. Francesca, we love you."
Days after her death on 27 December 2020, Andrew shared an old video of her from the end of July. The grieving father went on to say that he and his wife were happy to have shared a few joyful months before her ordeal began.
We’re heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad. There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We’re so grateful to have known her love.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 25, 2020
Francesca we love you. https://t.co/OGml2nZ12H
"I know a lot of you didn’t know Beans before her cancer diagnosis in September. She had such a pep in her step before she started treatment. And we’re so fortunate she got six normal months of life. This was from the end of July," wrote Andrew. He added that the baby was diagnosed with an "extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor" in September.
At the time, Andrew had documented the details of his daughter's surgeries on social media. On 12 September 2020, he tweeted, "Francesca is the strongest person and most resilient person. Less than a week ago she had two brain surgeries and she's already at home and smiling. I'm confident she will fight this."
Despite the exhausting and agony filled days, Andrew and his wife prayed for a Christmas miracle. They even asked people to say a prayer for their little girl. "If anyone can spare a pray for our Bean this Christmas, would just ask they include Francesca in their thoughts and hope for a Christmas miracle for our family."
Unfortunately, the baby died on Christmas Eve.
The devastated parents reminisced the beautiful memories they created with her in her obituary. They said, "Her many smiles sent a thrill through the world. She was so generous with them, even when most of the smiles back were covered by masks and even when she faced challenges that would scare an adult, like a cancer diagnosis or being born with hearing loss."
I hate cancer. I hate watching my child suffer through chemotherapy. Please pray for my little girl if you can she is having a tough few days.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 28, 2020
The couple also thanked the Boston Children’s Hospital and the staff for treating their child. "Doctors and nurses would gasp with joy when they saw her smile as they entered her room. She adored music therapy and had some of her first big laughs playing with a balloon of Elmo, her favorite Sesame Street character, from the hospital gift shop during occupational therapy."
Instead of getting flowers or other gifts, the parents requested people to make donations in honor of Francesca to the PMC Winter Cycle charity event which donates all the proceedings to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Later, the couple took to Twitter to thank everyone who donated to the charity. "We're so grateful for how much money has been raised in Francesca's honor for Dana Farber to fight this terrible disease and we are going to spend the rest of our lives involved in finding a cure," said the duo, according to People.