‘Bucket list’ baby dies

2012-05-02 13:39

A Texas baby born with an incurable disease whose parents created an online “bucket list” for their daughter that became an Internet sensation has died.

Michael Canahuati said in a blog posting that five-and-a-half-month-old Avery died on Monday afternoon after going into cardiac arrest. The little girl was born in November with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disorder that doctors predicted would kill her before she turned 2.

“Avery’s passing this quickly came as a complete shock to all of us, as she had just been given a thumbs up at her last doctors appointment only three days ago,” Canahuati wrote yesterday.

He made the announcement on the website – http://www.averycan.blogspot.com/ – where over the past month he and his wife have been posting fanciful light-hearted blogs written as if penned by Avery herself.

Among the postings was a so-called “bucket list” of things Avery hoped to do before she died. The list included a number of goals – to swim with dolphins, to get a manicure and pedicure and a tattoo – that expressed an optimism the little girl would prove the doctors wrong and live a long, rich life.

Avery did many of the things mentioned on the list including moving her legs, tasting solid foods and visiting relatives.

The “Baby Avery” blogs have attracted more than 3 million page views since April, when they first began being posted, according to a counter on the website.

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