Lawrence, Landon and Riley were driving home from the lake on a gravel road. They hit a patch of washboard and it took the car off the road and down a 30ft cliff into the lake. Lawrence was able to get Landon out and CPR was started. He couldn't find Riley...Riley was found by a ranger. CPR was started. He was airlifted to st. Luke's in Boise. He is still in a coma. He has a heart beat. Blood pressure and has made small gestures indicating brain function.
Let's help this wonderful family by paying for some of their medical bills. They also ask for prayers.
Here's the news report: http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Man-with-two-kids-drives-vehicle-into-Arrowrock-Reservoir-ISP-says-260531741.html
Update: Riley was lifeless for 2hrs and 20min before they were able to get a heart beat. Over the course of the day and A LOT of work, they have been able to stabilize him. They are keeping him in a hypothermic state to help keep his body from over working itself. We have about a 24 hour window of time to wait while they slooooowly warm up his body. After that 24 hrs, we will have a better idea of brain activity.
Update: Riley is being weaned down off of some of the medication they were using to keep him alive. His oscillator went from 100% down to 31% throughout the night. They are warming him up .5 degrees every hour to bring him out of his hypothermic state. Still no sign of brain activity thus far. We serve an amazing god. Please pray for miracles today. And for Lawrence. We appreciate everyone's support and kind words more than we can possibly express. We love you all.
Update: Please pray specifically for Riley's blood pressure right now. Thank you!!!
Update: Please pray specifically for Riley's brain to heal. Please share this. Words can never express how thankful we are for your prayers.
Update: Thank you all sooo much for your generosity. Words don't begin to express our feelings...
Update: With heavy heavy hearts, we will update everyone in the morning. Please pray for peace and comfort.
Update: This morning we will be doing two tests to finalize the doctors diagnosis of no brain activity. Please pray for our peace and comfort and accepting that god has a perfect plan.
Update: "But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain "I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away..."
Update: Please pray for me today. I need it. So very much.
Update: My girl Natalie Lutton needs all the love and comfort in the world today as Riley has been diagnosed with no brain activity. My heart aches for them, and I pray that The Lord takes them in their arms and wipes their tears away and eases their pain, Amen
Update: We have completed all tests. Riley has no blood flowing to his brain. We are waiting to meet with the organ donor coordinator. I feel like I'm being crushed. Thank you for prayers.
Update: "There will be a day when the burdens of this life will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face..."
They pronounced Riley dead at 3:45pm on Memorial Day 2014.
I left the organ donor consult because I felt like I couldn't breathe. Riley has the opportunity to save countless lives.
We will keep everyone posted on memorial service information.
Jen Iacoboni is a great resource to contact if you aren't comfortable contacting me.
Thank you all for being such a strong support for me and my family during this time
Update: "Thank you everyone for you love and support today. I will have time this evening or in the morning to write an update. Love you all."
Update from Natalie: "My beautiful, adorable little Riley's heart is saving a 4 yr old boys precious life today...a 4 yr old that is not unlike Riley's brother Landon. My heart is broken. My heart is sooo full. God bless the multitudes of physicians who flew in last night to keep my baby living through other gorgeous lives. I have peace and comfort knowing our sweet Jesus has such a perfect plan. Please pray for me today. Please...."
Update: To my beautiful network of support, faith, prayers, encouragement and love....Here is an account of our Memorial Day Weekend.
I had driven back to Walla Walla to take care of our house there. Lawrence was at our new home (in Mountain Home) with the boys for the weekend. He texted me to tell me he was going to buy fishing poles and take the boys to the lake for the day on Friday with his friend Joe Mikitish and his family. I went to bed Friday night KNOWING something wasn't right. I hadn't been able to contact Lawrence that evening by any phone, email or face book. He is ALWAYS good about contacting me after a day with the boys and sharing stories about what a fun time they had. My phone was on silent. My sister April had driven to my house Friday evening and was staying the weekend with me. Her phone rang about about 2:45am. The minute she answered I knew. My gut told me I had just lost my entire family in an accident. As she hung up, she told me to call Stephanie Selders Zimmerman. I made her cut to the chase. She told me "Lawrence is okay. Landon is okay. They couldn't get Riley. He is in ICU and non-responsive." The first thought in my head was "THANK GOD LAWRENCE IS OKAY"... As the details unfolded...This is what happened that night.
Lawrence loaded the boys up into the car, seat belted them in really good and they headed down from Arrow rock. They were going slow as it was getting dark and the roads are gravel. He hit washboard at the same time he had to take a tight turn that was barely visible as he turned into the corner, the back end fish tailed and the car went out of control after he corrected. The road has no lights, no lines, no guardrails. The car went down front first, hit the ONLY rock on the entire cliff. Which slowed the car to a stop. The car rotated over onto the roof and slid into the water up side down.
Lawrence was able to get out. He was able to get Landon out of his seat belt as the car was sinking down in the dark, freezing cold water.
Landon was in the water for at least 10 minutes before they got him out. Lawrence was able to hand him off. CPR was started on Landon immediately. And he was able to be resuscitated. He was hypothermic at this point already. Mean while, Lawrence kept diving down as the car was sinking further down to get Riley out. He grabbed what he thought was Riley and swam back up to the surface to realize it was just a giant soggy diaper.
He had been able to get Riley out of car seat. And he truly thought he had ahold of him. When he dove back down once he realized he just had his diaper, He couldn't find Riley anywhere.
He kept diving down. He was in shock at this point. He was hypothermic and out of breath. Landon was freezing cold and they couldn't find Riley at all. Joe made the VERY WISE decision to physically stop Lawrence from continuing on in the water in the state that he was in....
Lawrence had to make the decision to get going to the hospital with Landon who was in shock and hypothermic and Joe knew Lawrence wasn't doing well either. They had no cell service up there.
As a parent, I cannot even a moment, imagine what my amazing husband was feeling driving down that mountain, having to leave Riley lost in the water. My heart hurts so bad for him, knowing that he will carry this with him the rest of his life. The hurt, the guilt, the questioning, the sadness of knowing he had "HAD" Riley and he slipped out of his diaper and got away in the dark water.
My dear sweet husband. You will never EVER know in this life time, how much I love you. You are amazing. You are brave. And you are the world to me. you ARE my world. You did exactly what you should have done when you did it. Those boys KNOW that you loved them more than life itself and they know that you would die trying to protect them. I love you.
A forest ranger came on the scene a very short time after and was able to locate Riley. He had moved up to the front of the car. He was up against the windshield. They pulled him out and worked diligently to revive him.
It was well over 2 hours that my littlest boy was unconscious before they were able to get a heart beat on him. His heart, lungs and kidneys were functioning well. His beautiful little brain never came back to us.
I can't tell you all, how much hurt I am experiencing. How soul crushing the agony is. I CAN tell you this though....
If I had to "choose" a way for my baby to go...I wouldn't have had it any other way. He went from an AMAZING day at the lake with dad and his brother. He went from peaceful to unconscious in only a matter of seconds. He never woke up to know the pain. He stayed with us long enough for this mommy to seek acceptance and comfort. He never woke up and he never fully died....
Our beautiful boy was able to give the gift of his living organs to families that have been praying and begging for mercy as they watch their little ones suffer...
Last night and this morning Riley gave the gift of his heart. His kidneys and his liver.
Riley will be cremated and we will plan an amazing, beautiful service that I hope you ALL will attend. We want to honor Riley and his life and his gift he gave to other hopeful families. We love you, Riley. We miss you more than words will ever express.
Update: We have reached our goal of $20,000! Thank you everyone! So many have asked me how they can help. Other than prayer...this is truly the greatest gift. We will use these funds for medical bills and funeral expenses. We appreciate this more than we can express in words. Thank you. Each one of you. If you would like to send cards or anything else...2400 Norcrest Drive, Boise Id 83705
Update: I've been meaning to update about Landon all day...
Landon is doing really good. He knows that Riley died. He knows that he won't have a little brother to play with. That there will only be one carseat in the van, that he will wake up and be the only little boy in the house. I showed him pictures of Riley with all the machines and tubes. He knows that Riley got lost in the water for a really long time and couldn't breath and that he got hurt. He knows that daddy screamed a lot. In the weeks and months to come, it will become painfully apparent how Landon is really doing. He lost his best friend. We will have him in Play Therapy and I am going to get him in swimming lessons and a lots of play dates with friends. His cousin Serena and he are best friends and I will make sure that they have as much time together as they want. He has been staying with his Auntie and Uncle and cousins this week. (by choice) He told me he doesn't want to sleep in his bedroom ever again. (pretty sure I don't blame him one bit) and today while at the store he was picking out things for his little brother...I don't think at his age, he fully comprehends what this all means. He sure knows how to live life and have a good time. He's such an amazingly resilient, adaptable little guy. Please pray for him.
Update: At the funeral home. Signing a release to have Riley moved from the hospital. Could someone please remove the weight of the earth off my heart? I feel like I can't breathe... — feeling suffocating.
Update: We just reached our $25,000 goal. Thank you everyone. I'm in complete awe of your kindness and generosity. I can't express in words how grateful I am to all of you.
Update: A huge thank you to everyone who helped us reach our $35,000 goal.