Alex and Samantha Leistra are deeply saddened to announce the passing of their beautiful daughter Lily Joy Leistra, on Wednesday September 22nd, 2021.
Lily’s journey began a few short weeks before her birth, when her parents learned that there were some abnormalities with her limbs. After multiple appointments, and with the help of many medical professionals at Victoria Hospital, Alex and Samantha learned that Lily has an extremely rare genetic disease that affected her growth and development. In the same week, her parents also received the news that Samantha’s body was already preparing to give birth, and that Lily would most likely be born very prematurely. While her parents and doctors did everything they could to keep Lily growing for as long as possible, on September 22nd, 2021 at 4:35am, at just 24 weeks, Lily Joy came into the world as a sleeping angel. She was beautiful, and looked just like her daddy. Samantha and Alex are comforted by the knowledge that Lily is now at peace in the arms of Jesus.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14