CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and wife welcome a baby girl after the tragic death of their first daughter Beans
- Andrew Kaczynski, an investigative reporter with CNN, and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign, a Wall Street Journal finance reporter, have welcomed a baby girl
- Talia Davida Kaczynski was born on Thursday, and her name is the Hebrew for Francesca, her big sister
- Francesca, nicknamed Beans, died from a brain tumor at the age of nine months on Christmas Eve in 2020
- ‘My heart is so full knowing she’s Beans’ sister,’ he tweeted
CNN‘s Andrew Kaczynski and his wife have welcomed a baby girl – a little sister for their daughter Francesca, nicknamed Beans, who died of a brain tumor at the age of nine months on Christmas Eve 2020.
Kaczynski and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign, a wealth reporter for The Wall Street Journal, named their daughter Talia Davida – with Talia being the Hebrew of Francesca.
The little girl was born on Thursday, they said.
‘Introducing the newest member of our family, who joined us Thursday. Talia Davida Kaczynski. She was named with the Hebrew name of her big sister Beans. We love her endlessly,’ he said.
Andrew Kaczynski and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign have welcomed a baby girl, Talia
The proud father then shared a photo of his newborn next to a photo of Beans.
‘We love how much she looks like her big sister she’s named for. Beans on left, Talia on the right.’
Amid an outpouring of joy, he later tweeted: ‘Thanks so much for all the kind wishes. My heart is so full knowing she’s Beans’ sister.’
Kaczynski, 32, and Ensign have become dedicated fundraisers for research into childhood cancers.
The pair have so far raised $1.8 million in Beans’ memory for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Kaczynski is pictured with his wife and Beans. He wrote on Instagram: ‘It was right after Francesca was diagnosed with brain cancer. We still didn’t know which type, but we knew it was a very aggressive type. We are smiling in the photo though, and we were so so happy because Francesca had just woken up and was off the breathing tube she was on when they did surgery. The world sucked and had just been shattered for us. But at that moment we had our little family and Francesca was awake and smiling and everything was right in the world just for that moment. I’ll never forget that feeling when she saw me for the first time when I came back to the hospital because I couldn’t stay overnight because of Covid rules. She let out an audible gasp of joy seeing me. You make the best of the worst situation in the world.’
Beans was nine months old when she died from a rare and aggressive brain tumor
The family have been fundraising for childhood cancer in memory of Beans, and have raised $1.8 million
Beans’ death came three months after Kaczynski said she had been diagnosed with an ‘extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor’ – an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT).
Ensign said on The View: ‘She was a very healthy, happy, lively baby, and one night she just started vomiting and wouldn’t stop.’
‘It was such a lesson as a parent — you really have to trust your gut, because we went to a pediatric urgent care that said, ‘It’s just a stomach bug. Nothing’s wrong.’
‘But we came back home and really just felt like it was more and took her to the ER and there, immediately, they told us that they thought she had a brain tumor.’
Ensign added: ‘It was the most horribly devastating moment of our lives.’