Abby Ferko, who had just turned ten, passed away when her parents, Patty and Joe Ferko, were making funeral preparations for her. That was only six years ago, however, the courageous fifth grader who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2011. She has achieved what her doctors are. Calling a miraculous recovery and is getting back to being the cheery, gregarious person she used to be.
She shared with us. I still have a lot of living to do. Patty, who’s a mother who stays at home with her children, explains this to people. We’ve stopped wondering how she’s managed to. Pull through this difficult time and have instead begun planning for her future. Abby was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome positive. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was just four years old. Her prognosis was that she had a.
20% chance of surviving the disease. Paddy explains that they weren’t utter disbelief. It was pretty well confirmed to us that she was going to pass away and there wasn’t much room for optimism. Paddy, Joe and their other two children, Maggie, aged twelve, and Emily, five, spent the next six years moving from hospital to hospital with Abbey.
During this time, Abby underwent a bone marrow transplant, intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and a trial drug. Maggie is now twelve years old and Emily is five years old. Patty recalls that they did everything they could to show their love for her. Even though they knew they may lose.
Her at any time. There were times when we weren’t sure if she’d make it through, as she has so many infections that had the potential to take her life. All we could do was watch her fight and attempt to get better. After finishing her treatment in October 2013, Abby went back to school, spent time with her pales at soccer practice, and joined the Girl Scouts for a wonderful year. But unfortunately, the cancer returned in September of 2014.
According to Patty, as tough as that. Initial diagnosis was, this one put every fiber of our being to the test. She became utterly immobile and any movement injured her. She barely talked, and it was because. She was in so much pain. In order to be closer to Chicago, where Abby’s hospital is situated, she and her family relocated from their previous residence in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Joe served as a commander in the US Navy. Graft versus host disease, a syndrome in which donated marrow destroys the body, was.
Identified as being the cause of her. Illness in February 2015. When her kidneys began to fail in May of 2016, she was admitted to intensive care and the doctors told her parents, the Fur Coast, that their daughter would only live for another 48 hours if she was taken off dialysis treatment.
According to Paddy, the doctors advised us that it was time to let her go because she was only awake for about an hour each day. We started telling our other girls about her passing, he said. In June of this year, Abby was brought back to Virginia to receive Hospice care so that she may spend her final days at home with her family and close friends. Her grandparents traveled from afar to be.
There for her final farewell. Patty and Joe even started making preparations. For the funeral, such as selecting caskets and music for the service. But then Abby opened her eyes. Patty explains that we couldn’t believe it. As in a matter of days, weeks, or months, she started walking and getting stronger. It’s a miracle in every sense of the word. Jacob Wessler, who is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist, argues that there’s no true reason for Abby’s remarkable recovery. According to Dr. Wessler’s statement to People.
She was really unwell and her body. Was gradually shutting down. Additionally, her organs were no longer functioning effectively, and every intervention was merely making her condition worse. We explained to Patty and Joe that there was nothing else we could do. And that the only thing that was. Likely to happen was that Abby would pass away. We assisted her in returning home to receive Hospice care. However, as we reduce the number of.
Treatment she was receiving and decreased the. Number of medication she was on, she began to recover on her own. Abby’s miraculous recovery, according to Dr. Westler, was in part due to her strong resolve to survive. He continues by saying, she’s had her share of highs and lows, but if she keeps heading in this direction, she’s.
Going to make us all seem like fools. She’s beaten every single one of the odds. Even though she has good days and bad days, every single minute that she’s alive is valuable to her. Patti claims that her daughter’s enthusiasm for life is simply incredible and that all. She wants to do is be a. Regular kid who hangs out with friends and goes to school. We witnessed her passing away and then regaining her life, but sadly, things don’t turn out the way the family had hoped they would.
At the end of August, Eddie Ferko. Let go of her worries and Dove headfirst into the pool of a friend of a family who was vacationing in Virginia Beach. The adolescent, who was stricken with leukemia when she was just four years old. Found the visit to be a welcome. Departure from her daily routine. Her 15th birthday is still one month away. Tiffany Catlin, a friend of the family, recalls the day very clearly and how.
Much she appreciated seeing how independent Abby appeared to be. For just a few brief minutes, Abby. Was disconnected from her devices and got to swim in the pool like a normal kid, she added. For just a few brief minutes, Abby got to be a normal kid. When you put her in the water. She was able to move freely without any discomfort and with ease. It was a glimpse for me of.
Her being free and happy and healed and I’ll never forget it. Locally, Fergo had gained a lot of notoriety due to the fact that in addition to overcoming cancer twice, she had also filmed a cooking show and raised thousands of dollars for cancer research after suffering a stroke a few weeks ago. The young girl, who was 15 years old, passed away on Tuesday evening at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.
On Friday, members of her Callum High School community honored her by Donning Red in her honor. On Tuesday, November 6 at 02:00 P.m., the family will hold a Memorial ceremony at St. Michael Lutheran Church, which is located on Princess Anne Road. Catelyn stated that the young girl has accomplished more in her 1st 15 years of life than some individuals will in. Their entire lives combined.
Five years ago, they gave her less than a week to live and here she is still alive up until Tuesday. That alone is evidence of her tenacity in the face of adversity. In 2011, the year Abbey received her. Initial diagnosis, Caitlin and several of her friends formed Teen Abbey in order to participate in a Relay for Life event. Catelyn shared her thoughts, saying, that kind of started the ball rolling for a big amount of support throughout the world for her back then. She endured rigorous chemotherapy treatments for a period of three years, but the disease reappeared in 2014. Abby’s heart began to fail as a direct result of the therapy she received.
The following year, she underwent a bone. Marrow transplant, but unfortunately, this procedure also resulted in difficulties. Joe, the girl’s father, explained that the new immune system she’d received from her. Donor was unable to determine that her. Body posed no danger to itself. Her immune system attacked her organs. At one point, the medical staff predicted that she only had two days left to live.
According to her parents, the hospital sent an intensive care doctor home in the ambulance with her. The doctor was wearing a T shirt that said Teen Abby. However, Abby wasn’t through yet. She improved with time. Her favorite dishes to prepare for her family include carrot cake and ritzy chicken bites, which consisted of chicken cubes coated in Ritz cracker crumbs. She also enjoyed baking for her parents and sisters.
In addition, she was a huge fan. Of the Food Network and in 2017. She even recorded a cooking show at the Studio Center in Virginia Beach. The Culinary Institute of Virginia awarded Abby a full scholarship to attend the school. Because of the condition of her heart. Abby was recently informed that she only had a few months left to live. It was determined that she required a. Left ventricular assist device, something known as an LVAD pump. She signed up for classes at Kellum because she genuinely anticipated and desired to.
Proceed with her education. She adored going to school and being. A part of the mock trial team there. In this activity, students acted as attorneys and witnesses while debating hypothetical cases in a simulated courtroom. According to her mother, Abby was aware that the surgery could have adverse effects. All she ever wanted to do was. Go onto the next adventure and simply be a kid. We were told the date of her operation was September 7. Her family wanted to celebrate her birthday.
On September 24 Even though she was. Sedated following the surgery, so they provided a link to the celebration in two different web locations. They were able to collect $37,000 in donations for special Love, a camp that offers assistance to families of cancer patients and children who are battling the disease. But just a few days later, right. Around the time when she was about.
To turn 15, she suffered a serious stroke. Former acquaintances of the family remember the former Girl Scout as a fearless and courageous individual who cherished life. According to Abby’s friend Jeanette Kakoski, both. Her older sister Maggie, who is 17 years old, and her younger sister Emily, who is ten years old, have always been there for her. Kaoski remarked that both of them have. Two of the strongest souls I’ve ever encountered.
Despite everything they’ve been through, they still. Have this unbreakable spirit about them. I mean, they’re just an incredible family, the faith and just the tenacity that they have through it all, as well. As all the advocacy that they’ve done. She stated that the story of Abby is not finished. Everyone who has the privilege of calling Abby a friend Will always have a little bit of her with them. Her family is appreciative of the help.
And assistance they’ve gotten over the past ten years. They would rather receive donations to organizations Abby was passionate about Rather than flowers from neighbors, churchgoers and other families and. Anybody else who wants to show their. Support for them in some way. Her father shared their family’s perspective, saying. We’Ve been the recipients of such a.
Wonderful outpouring of affection. There is some worthwhile content out there. Abby acted as a medium for most of that, but the information is still accessible to the public. We’re disappointed that Abby’s not with us. But we know that she’s exactly where. She should be at this time.