Portsmouth teen dies after battle with cancer

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth teen has died following a long battle with cancer.

Hannah Wertens, 15, died over the weekend, her family confirmed. According to her online obituary, She did not die from cancer but from the effects of treatment.

Hannah – who dreamed of being a singer – wowed the crowd at Fenway last year when she performed God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.

Hannah was battling leukemia for the third time. 

As a toddler, a limp sent her to the doctor. After a half-dozen visits, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as ALL. Her little body fought it off with about two and a half years of chemotherapy.

But at 6 years old, there was a relapse that prompted a bone marrow transplant. Then several years later, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Calling hours on Wednesday, August 15, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, on Thursday, August 16, at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown.

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