Celebrity pals like President Obama, Rihanna and Beyonce are going to be sad to say goodbye to the brave 6-year-old they’ve supported through sickness
Jasmina Anema, the brave little girl who struggled to beat leukemia for the past year died on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Her mother, Thea Anema, announced the tragic news via her blog, the Caring Bridge, that was set up to manage the deluge of Jasmina supporters, who included Rihanna, all the members of Destiny’s Child and even President Barack Obama.
The kindergartner was doing well following a successful bone-marrow transplant in 2009, but in late September doctors told her mother that the cancer had returned. Late Monday, Jan. 25, she was admitted to a New York City hospital and was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia of the lungs.
On Wednesday night, just hours before Jasmina’s death, Thea’s best friend Karen Detrick wrote a blog alerting followers of her condition, “Jasmina’s antibiotics are not working so her lungs are filling up with fluids. Her situation right now is critical. The doctors are trying to get the situation under control but Thea will have to make a difficult decision if this does not work,” Karen told People.com.
President Obama released a statement honoring the little girl’s memory. “Jasmina showed tremendous bravery in the face of adversity, and her ability to stay positive throughout her battle and was an inspiration to me and to all those she touched,” said Barack.
Jasmina, you’ll truly be missed.