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Claim: Prayers are requested for Katie Fitch, a three-year-old South Carolina girl with a hepatoblastoma.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
Origins: The message quoted above, and the web site katiefitch.com, entreats readers to offer prayers for Bonnie Kathleen "Katie" Fitch, a 3-year-old South Carolina girl who was diagnosed in
Katie's family put us in contact with a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social Worker at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children's Hospital, who verified for us that Katie's condition was as described:
Bonnie "Katie" Fitch is a 3-year-old female being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital in Charleston, SC, for a cancerous tumor identified as a Hepatoblastoma which is currently inoperable. Her care is being directed byKatie passed away on 15 February 2009, her fourth birthday.
Katie lives at home with her parents, Stacie Williams and Samuel Fitch Sr., and her 7-year-old sister. Her mother is unable to work due to the care Katie requires. Her father is employed but does not get paid [when] he takes off [work] to accompany Katie to her medical appointments.
Last updated: 17 February 2009
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