Tukwila’s ‘miracle baby’ will celebrate first birthday Dec. 5

A bright-eyed Sian Hoih will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday (Dec. 5), a year after the death of her mother Ciin Nuam, a Burmese refugee.

A bright-eyed Sian Hoih will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday (Dec. 5), a year after the death of her mother Ciin Nuam, a Burmese refugee.

Ciin Nuam was cooking dinner for her family on Dec. 2, 2014, when she collapsed and died. The medical examiner determined she suffered from heart disease.

She was six months pregnant with Sian Hoih, who was treated at the Swedish Hospital neo-natal unit in Seattle.

The Tukwila community and the larger community as well will join with her family to mark her first birthday noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Showalter Middle School Commons, 4628 S. 144th St., Tukwila.

It’s that community that raised $52,000 through an online donation drive to help the Zam Khap family move forward and stay together in Tukwila. Six of the family’s children were enrolled in Tukwila schools.

The family is reported to be doing well and has moved into a new apartment. And Sian Hoih has been attending plenty of school and family functions.


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