NFL reporter confirms passing of 2-year-old daughter after cancer diagnosis

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    Nine months after being diagnosed with cancer, NFL reporter Doug Kyed’s two-year-old daughter went away. The sad news of Hallie Kyed’s peaceful death in her sleep in January 2024 was shared on social media by Jen Kyed, the wife of the Boston Herald’s New England Patriots writer, and her husband. In April of 2023, leukemia was identified as her illness.

    As per Hallie’s mom and dad, her condition worsened following a bone marrow transplant.

    Unfortunately, the last round of treatment didn’t work either. The entire family enjoyed a memorable time at the hospital last week, but because of Hallie’s bravery, strength, and fortitude throughout her nine-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia and all of its consequences, we held out hope for remission, Kyed posted on Instagram.

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    Doug wrote after Hallie’s relapse that the family was making an effort to maintain optimism despite the challenges the young child was facing.

    He commented at the time, “I’m choosing to stay positive,” and that Hallie had overcome all of the challenges that AML had thrown at her thus far. This is going to be her hardest challenge yet, but our spirited little Hallie Bear is more than capable of taking it down. “The whole family spent special time at the hospital last week, but we held out hope for remission because of how brave, strong, and resilient Hallie had been through her entire nine-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia and all of its complications,” the NFL report said, acknowledging that they “knew the prognosis was poor when she relapsed after her bone marrow transplant.”

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    One kind of cancer that starts in the bone marrow, where blood cells are made, is called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Abnormal myeloid cells—a subset of white blood cells—proliferate quickly in AML, pushing away healthy blood cells in the process. These aberrant cells can swiftly enter the bloodstream as the condition worsens, resulting in symptoms like exhaustion, easy bruising or bleeding, and heightened susceptibility to infections. AML primarily manifests in the bone marrow and blood, but it can also spread to other regions of the body, such as the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, and central nervous system, though this is less common.

     

    Doug and his spouse have been spending most nights at Boston Children’s Hospital since Hallie’s diagnosis. He clarified, “My wife and I have alternated between taking care of Hallie and our 5-year-old, Olivia, at home. Jen Kyed said, “I have a huge hole in my heart, and the agony is unbearable. “I’ll never be able to comprehend how or why something so terrible could occur.”

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving family.

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