18-year-old tragically dies weeks after collapsing at high school graduation

Georgia teen dies after walking across the stage at her high school graduation. “I just want to graduate, I want to walk.” Check Comments.

Sienna Stewart, an 18-year-old who graduated from Hiram High School, tragically passed away a few weeks after collapsing at her graduation ceremony on May 23rd.

Stewart managed to walk across the stage and receive her diploma despite dealing with severe cardiomyopathy and a recent heart failure diagnosis, a moment that her family will always remember.

Sienna unexpectedly fainted during her graduation ceremony, but paramedics quickly responded. After regaining consciousness, she tearfully expressed her determination to finish walking across the stage.

Sienna, who underwent a heart transplant a decade ago, had been battling severe cardiomyopathy since the age of 4 and began experiencing health issues earlier this year. After her transplant, she led a relatively normal life for ten years, but recently she began feeling fatigued and experiencing a decline in her health.

Saevon Chum, Sienna’s mother, disclosed that her daughter would occasionally have episodes of collapsing, with one occurring during her graduation ceremony.

As Sienna tumbled, the high-school principal’s voice could be heard urgently requesting, “Just give us a second please, we have a student, just give us a second…”

Credit / West Cobb Funeral Home

The mother said that when she arrived, the ambulance had already arrived. Her daughter had collapsed and it was the first time she had lost consciousness.

After waking up, Sienna refused to go to the hospital and asked her mom if she could walk the stage. She was the final student to get her diploma that day, and everyone clapped for her.

“All she could tell me is, ‘I just want to graduate, I want to walk.’ That’s all she wanted, Saevon explained that she missed her senior prom because she had been in the hospital before the event.

Sienna Stewart. GOFUNDME

Regrettably, a couple of weeks following the achievement of graduating from high school, Sienna passed away. “As a mother, you feel an immense sense of pride because she persevered through a great deal of pain. You have to feel proud. Right until the end, I felt proud,” Saevon expressed.

The obituary stated that Sienna had intentions of pursuing higher education and was set to begin studying sonogram technology in the upcoming autumn.

Our deepest condolences for this heartbreaking loss. May she find eternal peace.

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