Good Feather Family Mourns Loss of Young Mother and Unborn Son
Cassandra Good Feather was 21 and carrying a baby boy in her womb when she died suddenly on February 19 at the University of Colorado Hospital, in Aurora, Colorado due to what is believed to be an aggressive and rapid chemotherapy-related secondary infection.
“Everything is still really hard because I miss my daughter so much. We were really close,” said Doug Good Feather, Cassie’s father and known in pow wow circles as a fancy dancer. “I am still questioning what happened. I know it was complications, but I am confused in this area.”
Cassie, who also went by her Lakota name Wambli Chan'te' Was'te' Win, meaning Good-hearted Eagle Woman, was diagnosed belatedly of leukemia. Her father said the pain on the left side of her lungs, back and leg were dismissed as nothing serious by other hospitals.
It was only on the first of February—after father and daughter went to Denver General Hospital and asked for a thorough examination—did they know that she had an aggressive form of leukemia. She was later transferred to the University of Colorado Hospital.
Good Feather said the leukemia was curable and her brothers already agreed to donate their bone marrow. With the unexpected and sudden death, her family has ordered an autopsy.
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