CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign mourned the death of their nine-month-old daughter Francesca. Francesca died on Christmas Eve after a month-long battle with cancer.
On Friday, Kaczynski shared the tragic news on Twitter, writing that he and Ensign, Wall Street Journal The reporter, being “heartbroken”, lost his little girl.
He wrote: “We have to announce that our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away in the arms of her parents last night. It’s sad.” “There will always be a bean-like hole in our hearts. We are very grateful to those who met her. Love. Francesca we love you.”
Having to announce that our beautiful daughter Francesca had passed away in the arms of her mother last night, we were truly heartbroken. For her, there will always be a bean-sized hole in our hearts. We are very grateful for the love to know her.
Francesca, we love you. https://t.co/OGml2nZ12H
-andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 25, 2020
Back in September, Kaczynski shared that his daughter had been diagnosed with “an extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdomoma.”
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He tweeted on September 12: “Francesca is the strongest person and the most resilient. Less than a week ago, she had two brain surgery operations and was already at home and smiling. I believe her Will fight for this.”
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Last week, Kaczynski shared that Francesca was once nicknamed “Bean” by his parents, who later developed a “horrible fungal infection.” She was then put on a ventilator and received life support.
Before Francesca’s death, a CNN reporter asked everyone to pray for their daughter during the holiday season.
If anyone can pray for our beans this Christmas, ask if they include Francesca and hope to bring a Christmas miracle to our family.
-andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 24, 2020
He wrote: “If anyone can pray for our Doudou this Christmas, then ask if they include Francesca and hope to bring a Christmas miracle to our family.”
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In the report written by Kaczynski and Ensign, parents remember that their daughter is “an outgoing, bold and curious child.”
“Francesca is a Sesame Street fan in Brooklyn. She enjoys long walks in New York City and Boston, playing with her toys and balloons, participating in speech therapy, and’stroking’ (ie, grabbing) her cat Ryland.”
“Her many smiles excited the whole world. She was so generous, even though most of her smiles were covered with a mask, even when she faced challenges that would frighten adults, such as cancer diagnosis or natural hearing loss “The couple wrote.
The parents also thanked all the staff of Boston Children’s Hospital for “treating Francesca with extraordinary love and kindness.”
Kaczynski and Ensign added: “Franesca showed her parents a love they had never known before, and they would never forget it.
Flowers can be used instead of flowers, food or gifts to commemorate Francesca’s charity event for PMC Winter Cycling, which donated all proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.