flashback: Cancer victim Hannah Navarro, right, with her mother, Michelle.

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Hannah, 16, loses battle with cancer

...dies at home after returning for Christmas

By Carolyn Kissoon

 TEENAGER Hannah Navarro, one of the recipients of the Express Children’s Fund, has lost her battle with cancer.

Hannah, who celebrated her 16th birthday in September, died on Thursday. 

The teenager and her mother, Michelle Navarro, returned to Trinidad last week Friday to spend the Christmas holidays with relatives. 

She was being treated at a hospital in Miami, Florida, USA.

A relative said Hannah passed away at her Diego Mar­­­tin home surrounded by friends and family, around 7.30 p.m.

Michelle Navarro posted on her Facebook page that the family returned home last week by air ambulance.

“Hannah is home in Die­go Martin. Was not feeling good at all. Last night her (medication) were modified, and she had a great night.”

Two days later, she wrote her daughter had not given up the battle. 

“Her neck and back hurts much. Only praying it’s noth­ing really. Who knows where this would go? Hannah has not given up. I cannot tell how much of a gem she is,” her mother said.

Hannah was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, after experiencing pain in her left hip and thigh. 

As her discomfort increased, her parents sought medical treatment in Trinidad. 

But it was later found she had an aggressive type of cancer that develops in the connective tissue. Doctors then recommended she be taken to Miami for further treatment.

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