Lauren was born with an inborn error of metabolism called Propionic Acidemia. Right from birth, she faced medical challenges. She was fed a special low-protein formula by gastric (g-tube) throughout the day and night.
Due to her metabolic instability, Lauren developed a heart condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy before the age of 2. If that was not enough, she was also diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
On May 21st, 2010 she was given the diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure. The doctors placed her in palliative services. Due to her pre-existing medical issues, she was not eligible for a heart transplant or devices. We were simply told to enjoy our last moments with her. We believe in GOD and His awesome powers. He gave Lauren strength for an additional 5 months to spend with her family and get acquainted with her newborn sister, Genelle. Although Lauren's medical status was grave, she did not show fear. Instead, she was determined not to allow her disease to control her, that even to the last moments she was at peace. We are in awe of our daughter's bravery! She was born into a life full of challenges, but she went through it with total grace. She was an amazing girl and she made a positive impact on all who knew her. Her purpose, in my unbiased opinion, is to show us all how to live and love life. Albeit a short life, yet lived simply and beautifully. Lauren is an inspiration and a true gift from GOD. "Lauren, we love you deeply and we thank you for the memories that we will cherish forever." Aubrey & Greg, proud parents.
We encourage donations to: Starlight Children's Foundation, Propionic Acidemia Foundation & Canuck Place