Simon Caquelin

$23,030 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 400 people in 9 months
Created January 29, 2018
Hello. Thank you for visiting Simon's site. If you know Simon, you know he has a large personality, an even bigger heart, and loves God, life, family, and friends with abundant enthusiasm. On January 27th, Simon was away at his first BoyScout overnight camp in Wisconsin with his best friend Simeon Thompson and Simeon's big brother Micah. The kids were sledding after the sun went down and Simon put on his headlamp over his hat to see better in the dark. The sledding hill was just built brand new at the scout camp and freshly fallen snow from last Monday's blizzard covered the hill waiting for excited sledders. The exact details of what happened next are unknown. No one saw Simon's crash at the bottom of the hill. According to the account of 7-year old Simeon, he heard Simon calling for help. Simeon followed his best friends voice and found Simon at the base of a tree. Simeon called for big brother, Micah, who quickly raced up the sledding hill for the adults. The adults brought Simon up the hill on a sled to assess injuries. The headlamp was missing from the headband, later discovered at the base of the tree. His injuries were assessed by three parents, along with the campout, who happened to be first responders. His forehead was extremely swollen while blood presented from his ears, nose, and mouth. He was vomiting and in and out of consciousness. The paramedics who were called made a quick call to have him transported to the trauma center at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Two minutes before arriving at the hospital, Simon's heart stopped. The paramedics were able to resuscitate him as they were pulling up at the emergency department. Simon was rushed into the operating room where the very damaged the front cranial bones were removed to allow for his brain to swell from the trauma. The main artery in the forehead was burst and Simon was losing blood at an alarming rate, requiring 8 units of transfusion. The vessel was repaired and the skin was stitched back over the brain, unprotected now, by bone. His nose was also broken, as well as one of his thoracic vertebrae (T4), and smaller vessels branching off his aorta which started bleeding into his mediastinal cavity. His heart stopped beating again in the operating room due to the extensive blood loss, but he was again able to be resuscitated and stabilized. He was then sent to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Gillettes. For now, the goal of the PICU is to control every part of Simon's body that would normally be controlled by his brain, so that his brain can rest, as it will continue to swell following the initial trauma, for possibly up to 72 hours on average. The exact life-sustaining body function presentations that can be triggered by this swelling are unknown as this is an individual body with an individual trauma, so the doctors are using educated guesses, to try and get ahead of what could happen while his brain continues to swell. This is why he is still in a very life-threatening critical condition. He is asleep due to medication and on a lot of pain medication. His heart rate, breathing, temperature, intracranial pressure, blood pressure, digestive tract, and neurological sedation are all being controlled by the doctors, giving his brain much needed rest. His lungs, heart, and other vital organs seem to be functioning well at this time. The lingering question for everyone is what effects this will have on neurological function and recovery. We do not know. It is devastating. We continue to wait. We continue to hope. We continue to pray. Thank you for reading Simon's story and for all your prayers. He is still with us. Your prayers are working. Our hearts are full of love and prayers from you. Thank you and God bless you and your families.
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From Simon's Mommy:

You gave me three little hearts to light my way. One to lead with strength and pride. One with fire and rules to keep us in stride. And one to keep us laughing and walking with grace. How I long to kiss his precious face.

And now the laughter is gone, and what about grace? Can my other two hearts pick up the pace? Can his memories fill what is no more? Dear God, hold all my hearts while these burning tears pour.

Now a burden for two, given far too soon. To remember and move to the little heart's tune. I love you my hearts, that have been lent to me. May God light your new path as two instead of three.
Three Hearts
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From Simon’s Mommy:

My precious little buddy, Simon Andrew, passed away early this morning. Before he went with Jesus, we sang the Lord’s Prayer, we tucked him in with his teddys and his ducky, we gave him kisses and hugs, we said a bedtime prayer, and we said goodnight to our little rascal.

Our strong little man was able to be generous in death just as he was in life, donating several healthy organs to help other “little friends” and to help dry the tears of their mommies and daddies. Simon did love nothing more than to make people smile.

Simon – my baby boy,

I am at home here without you. You are at home with Jesus, not me.

You are all around me, all around our home.

Your toys are at the bottom of my purse, your games are still laid out from your play.

Your reminders are still on my calendar, and your notes written on the whiteboard.

Your laundry is still unfolded and your room is a mess.

Your artwork is still on the fridge and your profile is still on Netflix.

Your brother wants to play ball with you and your sister wants to read books.

Your daddy just wants to snuggle and your mommy just wants to see you smile.

You are all around us Simon, here and not here

My heart is gutted

You were born on a Monday, and we knew from the beginning you were meant for everyone, not just us.

If we tried to hold you back, to keep you safe, you just ran faster ahead to light the lives of others.

You died on earth on a Monday, and in the end, we still know you were meant for everyone, not just us.

To family, friends, strangers, and more – I have read all your words, I have felt all your hugs, I have shared in all your tears. The greatest gift you can give me is to remember my boy and to live like he did – help others, make friends, love God, have fun, smile, and sing out loud every chance you get.

Thank you and bless you from the bottom of my shattered heart.
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Raised by 400 people in 9 months
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