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David Ceylon Hyde
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1979
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1988
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

David Ceylon Hyde was born in Ogdensburg on June 14, 1979, a son of Edward G. and Joan M. Walrath Hyde. The third-grader at Lisbon Central School was born with hypopituitarism, which means he was missing some pituitary and thyroid glands. In May 1985, he was diagnosed as having terminal leukemia, and was not expected to live long. Over the three years that followed, David endured regular blood transfusions, first in Syracuse and then at Ogdensburg's A. Barton Hepburn Hospital.

Nine-year-old David's battle with leukemia prompted north country residents to donate $30,000 for a bone marrow transplant. Although the operation in mid-July to transplant bone marrow from his infant sister, Ashley M., was successful, the boy never fully recovered, and he died at 5 a.m. Sunday October 16, 1988 at New York Hospital, New York City.

The money raised enabled family members to live in the city so they could be close to David , but the funds were running out, she said. "It was just amazing how north country people responded to this," Mrs. St. Andrews said. "The support for this child was absolutely amazing. North country people always come through when times are tough." She said the Hyde family wished to thank all those who donated to their cause. "They wouldn't have been able to make through this without it."

The operation was made possible when young Ashley was born. Doctors determined that her bone marrow was compatible with David 's, and the family decided to give the operation a try. Mrs. St. Andrews said the bone marrow transplant went smoothly, and had no negative effect on young Ashley. " David 's system did not reject the marrow, which at first was a good sign," she said. "However, it only worked to an extent. His white blood cell count went up, but his platelets did not."

Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Paul, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Ashley, all at home; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Mary Primeau, Flackville; paternal grandparents, Edward and Marie Hyde , Flackville; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Foxwood Memorial Park
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Jul 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28267890
David Ceylon Hyde
Added by: Anne Cady
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