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Cyrine Mahameed

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Baby Cyrine’s parents, Duaa and Fadi, believe it takes a life to save a life. After the Edmonton couple lost their first baby, Maya, to a rare immune disorder, they wanted to be prepared when expecting second daughter, Cyrine. The couple learned there was a 25% chance she would have it, too. So they had Cyrine tested for it while in utero. Sadly, their worst fear was realized. Fadi recalls being out shopping when he got the call from their doctor telling him that this baby would also be born without an immune system. He remembers his bags crashing to the ground & then having to make the hardest phone call he’s ever made — letting his wife know the news.

 

So the Alberta Children’s Hospital has been taking care of Cyrine since before she was even born. A team of specialists met with her parents before the delivery and told them she would need a bone marrow transplant (BMT) to reset and rebuild her immune system. On August 20, 2014, just six days after she was born, Cyrine underwent low-dose chemo to suppress her immune system. Then at two weeks old, with her mother as the donor, Cyrine became youngest patient to receive a BMT at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

 

Cyrine was at the hospital for 252 days, and during that time her parents didn’t go to work, which made it so difficult to maintain even the minimum life needs and feeling the crunch of bills and rent and all of life's responsibilities .

 

Sarah Faith Hogan Memorial Foundation was there when we need, generously support the whole family to pay rent, grocery gift cards and more.

 

“We are so blessed to be getting help from Sarah Faith Hogan Memorial Foundation; it takes a lot of the stress away and gives us one less thing to worry about” Fadi says.

 

Thank you Sarah Faith Hogan Memorial Foundation, and special big thanks to Alicia Ansell for being there whenever we need.

 

Duaa and Fadi

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The Sarah Faith Hogan Memorial Foundation was formed in loving memory of Sarah Faith Hogan and is dedicated to the selflessness and courage of Sarah’s grandfather and mother, Chuck and Cathy Hogan.

 

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