Eight years ago, Cecilie's grandmother, Frances, was diagnosed with stage-IV colorectal cancer and it changed Cecilie and Sabina's lives forever. Shortly thereafter, Sabina left her job and became her mother's full-time caregiver. English was Frances' fourth language and she needed help communicating with doctors.
Sabina, Cecilie and Frances at Cecilie's high school graduation.
However, Frances' health deteriorated too much and needed additional help. During Cecilie's first year of college, she commuted to school while living at home so that she could help her mother provide 24/7 care to Frances. Unfortunately, through this experience the two saw first-hand how easily and often medical errors happen. Frances passed in 2011.
Frances one month before she passed.
Several years later, Cecilie graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology where she studied biomedical engineering with a specialization in tissue engineering. She knew that she wanted to use her knowledge and interest in biomaterials to engineer models to help doctors train more productively for surgery. Cecilie knew that she had to do something.
PraxiCut was born.