Leaving behind his children and grandchildren: Mother to his children; Zerrin Kumantas, Daughters; Merve Borça - Celentano, Pelin Borça - Dururvurur and Son; Eyüpcan Borça. Grandchildren; Jeyda Nur Yanbul, Jeylin Eda Dururvurur, Sofia Celentano and Serina Celentano. Kibris will never see his grandchildren grow or be present for his children. This weighs heavy on our hearts.
As a family we are suffering through the worst time in our lives. We are carrying an enormous financial burden as we try to seek for donations to transport his body to his homeland in Turkey.
Friday, July 27th, 2018 was one of the most difficult days of our lives. We got a call phone call that our dad had a massive heart attack and was in critical condition.
It’s been an emotional roller coaster without answers and being far away didn’t help but we all made it here to be by his side. He is a strong man, always has been.. even though he was still in critical condition, he was showing good signs of improvement already and we were hopeful for a speedy recovery.
To the surprise of all of us Kibris woke and briefly opened his eyes and squeezed our hand ensuring us he was awake.
The doctors were amazed, but our hope was short lived.
During our hospital stay we were bedside waiting to tend to his every need and having us back together and holding his hands meant the world to us. Within days his doctors felt he was well enough to be released. Disagreeing with the situation at hand and without health insurance he was released on Wednesday, August 8th 2018.
On Saturday, August 11th we got the call no child should ever receive. It still feels like a dream.... Dr. Salamon from Florida Hospital in Tampa called around 9:00 am to tell us our Father had suffered from another heart attack and passed away. He told us they did everything they could. His poor heart had finally failed.
How does someone pass after 3 days after surgery? Where were we failed? How do we transport our father to Turkey? May peace be upon him.
Everyone who knows Kibris knew a proud and strong man, someone that adores his family, spending all his time with loved ones. Kibris had such a big heart, he lit up the room with his massive smile and so much enthusiasm and energy. Kibris would go out of his way to make everyone feel comfortable, he really cared about people, and had such a big heart, doing anything to help a friend.
We decided to set up a Go Fund Me account because we need to your support to help us with the financial burden this has caused so we can transport him back to Turkey.
This won’t bring back our dad, but it can help provide some financial relief.
Anything you can spare will be greatly appreciated, if you are not in a position to help then we would love for you to share the link to as many people as you can in the hope we can make their life a little easier.
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