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Andrew McDonough

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Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Type of cancer: Leukemia (AML)

Diagnosed: January 2007

Hospital(s): A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Siblings: Ali (sister)

Pets: Casey (dog)

Andrew was a 14-year-old who was playing 4 soccer games on Saturday, January 27th, 2007, and went into cardiac arrest just 48 hours later. His parents brought him to the hospital on Monday the 29th thinking that he had appendicitis, only to find out that he had Leukemia. Andrew went into major septic shock and had to be resuscitated that night. Doctors told us he wouldn't live through the night. He spent 167 days in the A.I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE, most of that time in the Intensive Care Unit as "the sickest child the hospital has ever treated." He bravely battled Leukemia. Because the chemotherapy wiped out his immune system, infection set in. Andrew experienced 4 strokes, multiple hemorrhages, nearly 50 surgical procedures, and a brain aneurysm that forced him to be airlifted to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for emergency brain surgery. On July 14, 2007, Andrew passed away at the age of 14 in the arms of his best friend, his (then) 16 year old sister.

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