CNN political reporter Andrew Kaczynski and wife and Wall Street Journal bank reporter Rachel Louise Ensign mourn their 9 month old daughter Francescawho died on Christmas Eve after a cancer battle.
Andrew, 31, shared the devastating news on Twitter. “We’re broken that we have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca, who died last night in the arms of her mother and father,” he tweeted. “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.”
Andrew announced in September that Francesca was diagnosed with “extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor” at the age of 6 months. Since then, his friends, CNN colleagues like Jake Tapper and Twitter followers rallied behind Francesca and her family as they posted updates on their health. Months ago she underwent brain surgery and developed meningitis. For the past few weeks, Francesca has been battling a fungal infection – a complication of her chemotherapy – and has been given ventilator and life support.