Saturday, June 13, 2009

With a heavy heart...

The doctors removed the polyp that was holding up John's transplant surgery but unfortunately they were unable to control the massive amount of bleeding he had following the surgery. The doctors and nurses worked for many hours to try to stop the bleeding and maintain a blood pressure. When it was obvious there was nothing more that could be done I and our children decided to let him pass with dignity. One of John's last wishes was not to die on a ventilator and we had it removed. He passed quietly and actually looked amazingly peaceful at 9:34 am on Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Thank you all for the prayers you gave over the past few months. John and our family were truly blessed 7 years ago when he received his first liver transplant. We were able to enjoy 7 more years with him that he would not have other wise had. Please consider organ donation if unfortunately the time comes. It is a precious gift that John appreciated and honored to the fullest.

I will miss him more than I could ever put into words. I think our granddaughter Jordan said it best, "Grandpa is going to be an angel now".

9 comments:

Sandra said...

Bless you all. I am touched by your lovely words and I hope you are comforted in your loss.

Anonymous said...

I only recently discovered your blog so I wasn't fortunate enough to know John, but would like to offer you my deepest condolences.

I'm sure that knowing about John will make many people see organ donation in a new light. It can be difficult to understand the value of organ donation without knowing anyone who has ever needed an organ. John's story is very moving.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Jen

kitsapFG said...

My deepest sympathy for you and your family. I just cannot imagine all that you have gone through together. Such tough decisions to have to make.

My Cup of Tea said...

Kim, This is MoniDew from GardenGirl forums. I just wanted to express my sympathy again, and offer to send you a comforting prayer shawl. Please contact me with your mailing address. I'd love to send you one.

SimplyForties said...

I've only just discovered your blog and am so sorry for your loss. I'm an organ donor and really encourage everyone I know to follow suit. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Lydia said...

hello,
I'm so sorry for your loss. It's very hard to lose the people we love.
May time heal you, while at the same time keeping your loving memories of John in your heart.
Lydia

Patti Moreno said...

Kim, just thinking about you today.

Maryann said...

Have been thinking about you. Blessings to you and your family

Linda said...

Kim,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that the "Comforter", Jesus, will give you peace beyond your greatest imagination. God Bless you all.
Your friend,
Linda