'We're heartbroken': CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski reveals 9-month-old daughter died on Christmas Eve
CNN political reporter Andrew Kaczynski revealed devastating personal news on Friday: his 9-month-old daughter Francesca died on Christmas Eve after a cancer battle.
Kaczynski and his wife, Wall Street Journal bank reporter Rachel Louise Ensign, shared the painful news on Twitter Friday.
"It is a broken heart to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca, who died last night in the arms of her mother and father," wrote Kaczynski and shared a photo of her little girl. "There will always be a bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We are so grateful that we knew her love. Francesca, we love you."
In September, Kaczynski said the baby was "diagnosed with an extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor."
In a short obituary posted on Friday, the couple wrote that they often called the baby born on March 11th "bean, hat, or bean".
"In her short life, Francesca was an open-minded, courageous and curious baby," says the obituary. "She had huge, deep brown eyes that followed whatever her parents did."
"Her many smiles sent a thrill around the world. She was so generous with them, even when most of the smiles were covered back in masks and even when faced with challenges that would terrify an adult like being diagnosed with cancer or giving birth by hearing Loss."
Francesca Kaczynski, daughter of CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, died of complications from cancer on December 24, 2020. She was nine months old.
In September, the CNN reporter cheered on her progress, saying: "Francesca is the strongest and most resilient person. Less than a week ago she had two brain surgeries and she is already home smiling. I am confident that she will fight it. "
However, on December 23, the CNN reporter announced that his daughter, who had undergone chemotherapy, was on life support after developing a "terrible fungal infection" and using ventilation for over two weeks. The couple prayed for "a Christmas miracle for our family" on Thursday.
"One of the hardest parts of watching Francesca support her life was the limbo," Kaczynski tweeted on Wednesday. "When she is not worse, but not better. Only the day of waiting will be so difficult. I hope every day for this sign that she is better and can improve."
Stars and fellow journalists consoled themselves on social media after the news of the child's death.
"Heartbreakingly beautiful obituary. I'm so sorry. God bless you and Rachel," tweeted Valerie Bertinelli.
"Oh no. Andrew, I'm so sorry," wrote Mia Farrow.
"All of my sympathies, even though I know the world's sympathies are utterly inadequate for such a loss," wrote New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff.
"We're so terribly sorry, Andrew, and we're forever #TeamBeans," said Today show host Willie Geist.
"Andrew - I can only imagine how you and Rachel are feeling today. Francesca's love will always be with you and - in time - you will heal. I pray for you and your family," wrote Megyn Kelly.
The couple asked to donate people in honor of Francesca to Team Beans at PMC Winter Cycle, a charity event that donates directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, instead of flowers.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: CNN's Andrew Kaczynski says little daughter died after a cancer battle
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