Doug Kyed, an NFL reporter, shared the devastating news of the death of his two-year-old daughter, nine months after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Hallie Kyed reportedly received the heartbreaking diagnosis in April 2023. Her father, Doug, a Boston Herald employee, announced on Instagram that his daughter had lost her battle in January 2021. Kyed revealed that Hallie’s condition worsened after she suffered a relapse following a bone marrow transplant. “Hallie passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning while Jen and I held her hands in bed,” Doug shared. “Without them we are completely lost and heartbroken.
Our lives will never be the same.” Following Hallie’s relapse, Doug expressed that the family strives to maintain a positive attitude despite the challenges ahead for his daughter. “I stay positive,” emphasized the reporter. “Hallie has overcome every obstacle AML has thrown her way so far.
This will undoubtedly be their biggest challenge, but if anyone can overcome it, it’s our brave little Hallie Bear.” However, Doug admitted: “We knew the prognosis was grim when she suffered a relapse after her bone marrow transplant, which is why the entire family spent valuable time in hospital last week.” Still, we held on to hope for an improvement because Hallie had shown incredible courage, strength and resilience during her nine-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia and its many complications.”
According to the American Cancer Society, acute myeloid leukemia originates in the bone marrow but quickly spreads into the bloodstream, potentially affecting the lymph nodes, liver, spleen and central nervous system. In an interview with the Boston Herald, Doug revealed that since his daughter’s diagnosis last year, he has spent nearly half of his nights at Boston Children’s Hospital. “We took turns caring for Hallie and our 5-year-old Olivia at home,” he shared. Jen, Doug’s wife, described the pain of losing their daughter as feeling like a hole in her heart. “I have a huge emptiness in my heart and the pain is unbearable,” said Jen Kyed. “I will never understand why or how something so terrible could happen.”