Six weeks after coming home, Saffy was diagnosed with diffuse vascular tumors of the liver. After failed attempts to treat her condition with steroids and chemotherapy, Saffy received a liver transplant in January 2002.
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Separated at birth or by 32 years?
Saffy's full name is Saffron Phyllis Catherine Usticke.
We fell in love with the name Saffron as fans of the British television show Absolutely Fabulous. One of the lead characters is Saffron 'Saffy' Monsoon, played by Julia Sawalha. In the show, Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy drive Eddie's sensible, responsible teenage daughter, Saffy, up the wall with their constant drug abuse and outrageous selfishness.
Vanilla, Saffron Imports has a nice web site at www.saffron.com with good information about the spice. We have ordered their Saffron product and look forward to making some dishes.
Saffron is mentioned in Song of Solomon 4:14. The Song of Solomon is a beautiful love poem and one of Alec's favorite parts of the Bible.
It's nice to have a fairly unique name that didn't even make the list of top 1000 names for year 2000 births in the United States. The name Saffron seems to be more popular in the United Kingdom. One famous Saffron is the British actress Saffron Burrows.
Saffy's middle names are after Alec's mother, Phyllis Ruzzi, and Jill's mother, Catherine Gale.
Every child is a miracle...with odds against so astronomical they're effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter...until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability--like turning air to gold--that is the crowning unlikelihood. A miracle.
After Alan Moore, Watchmen
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