Student Dies Days After Collapsing at Graduation

Sienna Stewart, an 18-year-old Hiram High School graduate, died mere weeks after falling during her graduation ceremony on May 23. Despite having severe cardiomyopathy and a recent heart failure diagnosis, Stewart was able to walk across the platform to get her diploma, a memory her family will cherish.

Stewart’s mother, Saevon Chum, expressed delight in her daughter’s tenacity on her graduation day. Chum remarked, “She’s still smiling” as she recounted her daughter’s journey of perseverance.

On that tragic day, Stewart slumped and lost consciousness. After paramedics came, Stewart regained consciousness and insisted on walking across the platform despite her condition.

Stewart was diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy at four and underwent a heart transplant at eight, giving her ten years of relative normalcy. Her condition deteriorated in April with a heart failure diagnosis, resulting in her collapse during graduation.

Despite this, Stewart’s resolve shone as she walked across the stage independently to receive her graduation.

“She was just strength and resilience, she was just so strong,” Chum said of her daughter.

However, two weeks after graduating, Stewart collapsed again. Her mother recounted the horrific experience of holding her daughter and dialing 911.

Stewart died on June 12 after briefly recovering in the hospital, as reported by Fox5. Chum, who was dealing with the loss, expressed pride in Stewart’s brave struggle against her sickness.

“As a mother, you’re so proud because she just got through something that injured her. You must be proud. “Until the end, I was proud,” she remarked.

Stewart’s funeral was held on Sunday, with family and friends gathered to celebrate her amazing bravery and determination in the face of hardship.

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