Caitie Lucas, fondly known to many as Courageous Caitie, passed away at past 12 noon today, March 31. She was 3 years and 7 months old.
Her parents, Feliz and Jayjay Lucas, made the announcement in the Courageous Caitie Facebook page with a heartbreaking photo of the family with this caption: "Today our daughter has gone to Jesus already."
Two hours before the announcement, a post update said Caitie was having trouble breathing and had to be sedated and intubated in the intensive care unit where she was transferred eight days ago.
Caitie had been battling with her illness since late 2015, which started with insect-like bites on her skin, followed by a trip to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in January for extreme abdominal pain. Her health rapidly deteriorated from thereon, and local doctors could not give a definite diagnosis. It forced the family to go to the National University Hospital in Singapore in February, where Caitie’s condition was diagnosed as juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. We wrote about the family’s battle and diagnosis here.
On March 3, doctors even gave the go signal for Caitie to visit the Singapore Zoo, and many who followed the family on social media were hopeful for recovery.
Catie's mom Feliz had been blogging about the family’s journey and later updated people through Facebook posts. Many were touched by the strength and courage the toddler showed in innumerable medical tests and month-long hospital stays. The couple also inspired many parents with their resilience and optimism in the face of their daughter’s condition.