Abi was born with Down syndrome on October 6, 2011. She also struggled with lung disease and a ventricular septal defect. She passed away on July 6, 2017, and is survived by her parents, Jasmin and Iban, and three older siblings, Leslie, Iban and Susanna.
“She would not give up, and would not give in,” her mother says. “She moved forward against all odds and was not defined by her body limitations. She was a warrior until the end.”
She was beloved as well. “When Abi would accomplish something, even the smallest accomplishments, everyone around her would cheer and congratulate her. And she would raise her arms up in a sign of victory. She was congratulating herself, as if saying, ‘I did it!’ We loved it.”