Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It is a sad day

On Friday night a young man in our town was jumped, beaten and strangled. He has been on life support all week, the family finally coming to terms with the fact that he is brain dead, made the decision to take him off tonight.
Our town, as I have mentioned earlier, is a very small town, just recently experiencing growing pains. If you have lived here for any length of time, you know most of the people here. This person went to school with my children and we have maintained a relationship with most of the children in the family. We are all devastated that this has happened to him and that something like this has happened in our pristine little town.
The rest of the story is that I have a niece who is dying of Kidney disease. The family contacted us to see if it could be arranged for her to receive his kidneys if they are a match. After multitudes of phone calls between here and Oregon where my niece lives, we just found out that the hospital the young man is in has already arranged for a recipient here. My heart is breaking because my nieces chance is gone at this time, and because this family is losing their son, brother tonight. I am rejoicing because he will go on living in others who need him so desperately in order to continue to live. It is so hard to know one person has to die so another can live. (Just thought of Jesus as I wrote this. He did die so we can have eternal life.)
Prayers tonight for the family especially. For whomever will receive his organs, and for a donor for my niece in time to save her life.
P.S. I cannot donate because of having had hepatitis as a child.

10 comments:

Therese said...

Oh, Evy, I am so sorry! You all are in my prayers.

Homestay Mama said...

How sad all the way around. I think that must have been an emotionally hard post to write!

Prayers and Hugs,

Sue

Nancy said...

Evy...I wish I knew what to say! I know your heart is heavy! I will be praying!

Karyn @ Candarbry Garden said...

I was just trying to decide if I should write this on my blog or not. I think I will. I have been crying all night.

Aussie Therese said...

There are no words that can bring comfort in this situation so just know that everyone is in my prayers.

(((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))

Debby said...

The pain in my chest is back as I read this since I know what this family is going through. Keep them close...for a long time. The hurt never goes away. You didn't say if this young man knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I pray so. It is what gets us through one day at a time.

FalkFamily said...

I'm so sorry Evy - I think it's not fair that if the family had a specific person in mind for the donation, they should get the say so. Not the hospital. But it's all part of His plan, isn't it? I am praying.

Debby said...

I left the comment about holding the family close because after the service, etc, it's easy to go on. But the family doesn't. They have firsts to get through, losses of dreams or what should have been. We have been held up by our church family well. More so than our biological families. This time of year with all the "hope your year is full of joy" cards and people around you excited about the holidays make it that much harder. With the loss of their son so close to Christmas I'm sure it will be agony just getting through it. It's been 4 months for us and we almost just want Christmas to be over which isn't fair to our Savior but it's what it is right now.

Kathi said...

I'm so sorry for the loss you and your town is facing right now and for your sweet niece. Will there be time for her to wait for a kidney? I will pray for her. Bless you all and that family who lost their beautiful son. Kathi

Tulsi said...

This is so sad. I'm so sorry it is happening.

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