Sabrina Lauman has passed away less than a month after giving birth to her second daughter, Stella Sabrina Lauman. When Sabrina was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of dementia called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), doctors didn’t think she, or her baby, would survive longer than a month. Sabrina was just a few weeks pregnant when the Lauman family was told that she was terminal at just 35 years old.
But the story is bittersweet, because while Sabrina rapidly lost the ability to speak and care for herself, she continued to live long past the month doctors predicted and gave birth to her daughter at 36 weeks. Baby Stella was born strong and healthy at five pounds eight ounces on January 11, 2019.
Sabrina’s sister, Marie Alba, shared that the family would put baby Stella near her mother and let her hold her baby. “We just treat her like she can understand everything,” Alba said in an earlier interview.
Sabrina passed away at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta on February 4, 2019 while surrounded by friends and family.
“The Lauman and Soluri families would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us. Your thoughts and prayers have given us strength and hope through this bittersweet journey,” Alba shared after her sister passed.
The family asks that anyone moved to give would do so by giving donations to the Center for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases at the University of Alberta where Dr. Valerie Sim is researching CJD and possible treatments.
Rest in peace, Sabrina.
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