To add to our family’s turmoil, Bertha Silva, his wife, who was equally as pure as he was, is following down the same road as him. With heart problems she’s endured through the years, a double bypass surgery in which she was out of ICU within a day back in 2010, and never let her age hold her back or down, almost simultaneously declined right before us. While she fought hard, taken into the hospital 2 days after Gilberto, the option was given to her daughter and grandson, of either staying in the hospital, or being able to come home albeit being provided the proper help (hospice), we knew we had to give her a fighting chance in the comfort of her own home. While she showed fight and resilience, she quickly deteriorated, from doing her best to eating and hydrating, to not having the strength to even swallow or lift her hand to take pills herself. As the days went, her oxygen increased from 1.5 liters to the maximum of 5. No eating, no drinking, and would no longer respond to us, becoming 100% bedridden and transitioning to end of life.
On January 2, 2021, their daughter Sandra and their grandson Ruben, dealing with these sudden, unfortunate circumstances, are facing what is becoming the 2 greatest losses a family unit could ever face. A cruel, tortuous waiting game they never could have expected this soon, this quickly, all in the span of the last 2 weeks.
This fundraiser is to assist Sandra and Ruben with the necessary arrangements for both funerals, moving expenses, and all other immediate bills and costs that are to come. Thank you to any and everyone who chooses to provide help for them.
- Adrian Chavez Rodriguez
- maryam tonekaboni
- Gerrie Dodd
- Vincent Gage
Organizer and beneficiary
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