After Avery Lynn Canahuati was born last November with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, her parents wrote a "bucket list" for their newborn, citing things she would like to do if she led a normal, healthy life. Her doctors had said Canahuati wasn't expected to live more than two years.
Unfortunately, 6-month-old Canahuati passed away on Monday after pulmonary complications related to her condition.
"In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest," Mike Canahuati wrote on the Facebook page he set up for his daughter. "I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital."
"Avery's passing this quickly came as a complete shock to all of us, as she had just been given a thumbs up at her last doctors appointment only three days ago," Canahuati wrote Tuesday morning.
At first, Canahuati said he started writing the bucket list blog in his daughter's name as a way of helping family and friends stay updated on Avery's condition. But the Facebook bucket list page almost immediately became a viral sensation, with more than 100,000 fans and a blog set up in her name, "Avery's Bucket List" has more than 2.5 million page views.
Canahuati has been writing the blog entries on his daughter's behalf. After her passing, he promised to continue publishing several "archived" posts from Avery and said she could now scratch two entries off her bucket list:
1. Not let SMA take my smile away
2. Take one last breath, then take one more before I go to live with my Uncle Bryant, Nana Carolyn, Papa George, and all my great Grandparents (Tommy, Laura, Jim, Walter, Julia, Joseph, and Audine).
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