He fought each day of his life to breathe, but never complained. Because of his chronic asthma he chose a profession where he thought he could give the most empathy and compassion. A Respiratory Therapist.
A saver of lives each day of his professional career.
He is the guy who comes in and gives you the breathing treatment when you have pneumonia or covid-19 in the hospital. He is the person that is checking your lungs and heartbeat to make sure your congestion is going away and you're getting better. The one who checks you, or the machine you're on to see that you have enough oxygen in your blood stream, and much more.
On March 4th 2020 even though Kerry had pneumonia, he went to work despite my urging him to stay home. He'd been on antibiotics only two days, but his dedication wouldn't allow him to leave his teammates short-handed.
This would be his last day at the job he loved.
On March 5th about 8:30 in the morning Kerry began struggling for breath and fell to the floor. Our youngest son a lifeguard and dive coach trained in CPR began working on his Dad while we called 911. The paramedics came as quick as they could, but it seemed forever before they were able to get a pulse. We would never see Kerry gain consciousness again. He was put on a ventilator to breathe for him and he became a patient not unlike the many he had cared for, for over 25 years. We know he fought to come back to us those two and a half weeks he was in the hospital, but it was now in God's hands.
It became the fate of many now in the hospital that he could no longer have visitors and because of the global brain damage his brain had sustained due to lack of oxygen he was moved to a Hospice of the Valley facility where all his family could show their love and say their goodbyes.
On March 23rd Kerry had rallied for one and a half days without the assistance of a ventilator, but it became too much for this wonderful man's brave soul to handle. At just before 11:00 pm my hero took his last breath.
Because of the unforseen circumstances around the world right now, and with everything running a bit slower. We have been unable to acquire the funds from the Life Insurance to meet the demands of the Cemetery and Mortuary to bury my husband.
Because this was so unexpected we are asking for help. We are not asking for help for the many hospital bills that have accrued over his three week stay, but simply to put this dignified man into his final resting place.
Please make Kerry your Hero too and help us in our time of need as I know he would be willing to do for you.