… and the heartbreaking news keeps on coming.
According to Dr. Michelle Moon‘s blog, her little girl Julianna Yuri Snow passed away on Tuesday after a heroic and difficult battle with a rare neurological disease. Precious Julianna was just five-years-old.
Some people might remember Julianna as the girl who requested to go to “heaven” instead of battling for survival in a hospital. While the intelligent child knew her time on earth would be cut short, she was adamant about spending her final days in the comfort of her own home alongside her adoring family.
While some readers found the Michelle and her husband’s decision controversial, there were plenty of people who commended the family’s difficult choice and Julianna’s amazing sense of faith at such a young age.
In the doctor’s emotional post, she said of her daughter’s untimely death:
“Our sweet Julianna went to heaven today. I am stunned and heartbroken, but also thankful. I feel like the luckiest mom in the world, for God somehow entrusted me with this glorious child, and we got almost six years together. I wanted more time, of course, and that’s where the sadness comes in. But she is free now.”
What a heartbreaking message to have to write. We can’t even begin to imagine the sorrow.
In a text message to CNN, Julianna’s mommy described her final hours:
“She got sick very suddenly and it was back to the same battle of helping her breathe. This time, she didn’t bounce back — she got worse and worse and worse and was gone in just over 24 [hours]. We had the full support of hospice and we had the things we needed to keep her comfortable. She died at home, in her princess room and in my arms. I don’t know that she would have wanted it any other way.”
Well, we’re just relieved to hear that the little girl died peacefully. Our hearts go out to Julianna’s friends and family during this difficult time.
[Image via Dr. Michelle Moon.]