EMT's Family Bereaved

EMT Dies of Stroke/Heart Failure at 33; Leaves Behind Widow with Two Young Children:

December 2017 began with hope for the family of 33-year-old Collin Conedy. Having fought congestive heart failure desperately for his life during the last five years, Collin was recovering in the Cardiac ICU from the most recent of many surgeries aimed at improving his heart function enough to qualify for the transplant list.

He now had an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) helping to pump his heart, and was eagerly optimistic of finally returning home to await a donor heart with the love of his life and wife of 10 years, Megan, their daughter Shiloh, age 9, and their son Braxton, age 6. But it was not to be.

Collin suffered a hemorrhagic stroke early Saturday, December 2nd, that left him bleeding into his spinal cord and brain. Despite a successful surgery to insert a drain and relieve pressure, Collin’s brain continued to register no activity, post-op. All that his terrified family could do was wait, and pray.

Collin died the following morning at 6:50 a.m., leaving Megan grief-stricken and alone to raise their two children without a father. Virtually uninsurable due to his heart condition, Collin’s untimely death left nothing for his bereaved family but hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical bills and other debts, which had begun to accumulate when Collin became too sick to work. In Washington, a community property state, outstanding debts become the responsibility of the deceased’s widow to pay.

32-year-old Megan Conedy had become her family’s sole provider in 2012, when an alarmingly severe case of pneumonia had sent her husband’s once-robust health spiraling into rapid deterioration. Since 25 September, 2017, when Collin was transferred to the University of Washington Medical Center with respiratory failure, Megan had divided her time between Collin in Seattle and the couple’s two young children at home in Vancouver.

She drove the three-hour commute several times per week, cared for her home and children, and carried a full college course-load; all while holding down a full-time job to support her family of four. Megan comforted and encouraged Collin, cherished and nurtured Shiloh and Braxton, and withstood unbearable strain tirelessly and without complaint.

The reward that this remarkable young woman is paid for her unwavering grace under pressure is to be robbed of her soulmate sixty years too soon, to witness helplessly the suffering of her heartbroken children, and to shoulder alone the burden of financial hardship.

If you are still reading, you likely share my sorrow for this hapless young family’s ordeal. Can a merciful person witness the anguish of innocents and not be moved to pity?

Collin Conedy was a loyal husband, a loving father, and should have lived a long and happy life, raising his children and serving his community selflessly as a First Responder. Let us pay our respects to his devastated family, and show our sympathy for their plight. 

I propose a fund to assist them in their hour of need, and I will begin it myself by donating $100. Anything you can spare will help the Conedys, from the cost of a tank of gas to the cost of a Happy Meal. Could you give $3? It adds up!

Even if you can give nothing at this time, I urge you to share this link to your page and forward it to your family and friends. Thank you so very much for your compassion, and for your generosity.

  • Mary Grimshaw 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,500 
    • 41 mos
  • Steffen Loesel 
    • $100 
    • 42 mos
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    • $75 
    • 44 mos
  • Robert Rivas 
    • $200 
    • 44 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sasha Jennifer Duncan-Leongson 
Wichita, KS
Megan Conedy 
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