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Local Mother Describes Tragedy During The Pandemic

Baby Gia died at the age of three after battling cancer for more than two years. Her mother, Larissa Sampson says the stress was unlike anything she has felt.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 9:27 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 6:42 AM

"This is one of her favorite two twos, toward the end of her life she really loved Pippa pig this was her favorite gown and she loved Elsa" says Gia's mother, Larissa Sampson as she shows off her daughters princess gowns.

"Gia died August 1, she spent two years of her life in the hospital, she was only 3-years-old" Sampson says.

Just after Gia's first birthday the vibrant toddler stopped walking out of nowhere Gia presented with symptoms of Hand, Foot andMouth Disease, doctors misdiagnosed the little girl.

"Gia was diagnosed with Leukemia at just 14-months-old" Sampson whispers.

Like Gia, Larissa Sampson had been living beside her daughter inside hospitals rooms in Louisville and Cincinnati for the last two years.

With COVID-19 restrictions visitors were limited inside patient rooms, adding even more stress on Sampson, who had minimal help, three hours from home.

"My daughter was dying and then the pandemic hit, it was a different type of stress" says Sampson.

At just 3-years-old baby Gia was a princess in her own mind, she loved dressing up in these fairytale princess gowns, that why her mother planned a true celebration of life.

"I wanted something that would represent her, and having princess dresses and two twos as soon as you walked into the lobby was her" Sampson says.

In the middle of a pandemic Gia's funeral as magical as a big screen movie her brothers and sisters dressed as fairly tale characters.

Others saying goodbye, did so in classic Gia fashion, just how she'd like it!

"Happiness, even those she was sick with cancer she was like a normal 3-year-old" says Gia's mother.

The single mother of four left her job and the rest of her life behind, spending nearly every moment with the star of the show, her daughter.

"I don't know how to explain how much I love her, I don't think I could explain that properly, I love her so much" adds Sampson.

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