Amiya Cheyenne Douglas, fell asleep in death on July 25, 2015 at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, following complications of hydrocephalus.
Amiya was born on February 4, 2008 in Springfield. She attended Lee School and made an impact on many teachers, therapists and friends. Amiya was always laughing and a joy to be around. No matter who you were, Amiya was a child you would fall in love with. She never gave up and, despite her physical challenges and limitations. On July 21, 2015 Amiya had Achilles tendon lengthening surgery. This surgery changed her life by giving her a chance to walk. But she did more than walk, she ran!
She has been called a falling star, a Phoenix, sassy, an angel, pure joy -- and so much more. You see, Amiya could not speak because she was born deaf. Yet she spoke to the heart of everyone she met by means of her memorizing smile. She was given the ability to hear when she was two by means of a cochlear implant. This was something she gradually accepted as she grew. However for the most part, it appeared that she preferred the silent world with all its wonder. Can you imagine never hearing a cross word? Amiya did! No doubt this contributed to her happiness.
Amiya's favorite color was pink. Any shade of pink. Also glitter -- and yes any kind of glitter! Her favorite food was food. Especially YOUR food. She was a healthy girl with a healthy appetite.
Amiya's immediate family included her parents Tameka and Ramacio (Tonda), her brothers, Kamren and Kewonne, a sister Gabrielle; Grandmothers Lynn and Cynthia, Grandfather Raymond; Great grandparents, Margie and Raiford, Idella and Leroy, Grandma Thelma, Grandma Ruby; Aunts Brittany and Shaneka; Uncles Barry, Brandon, Raiford, and Delvon; Godmothers Jordan, Kenyatta and Tammara; Godparents Gary and Lori; Special Friend Kavianna. She had many other cousins and other relatives too.