In Memory of Vuthea Michael Hiep

On the morning of August 19, 2018 at 4:47 AM I, along with other family members watched my father take his last breath. 

A few months ago my father was diagnosed with Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma), complicated by Hepatitis B and Cirrhosis. We explored numerous options, including trips to several medical facilities, one of which was on April 26, 2018 to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to receive radiology consultation on what we hoped was the answer, Y90 - regional treatment of the tumor. Unfortunately, it was discovered that my father's cancer was too advanced and that the treatment could actually worsen his condition, so instead we were told that in this stage it's about quality of life (3-12 months at most). I watched my father's face as the Doctor continued to speak and hand him pamphlets on making arrangements, it hurt so much to see the hope in his eyes disappear, to see him accept his fate and fall into depression...

Life hasn't been easy, on February 23, 2014 we lost my brother to a tragic car accident. This event alone broke my father's heart, he'd wake up in tears on many occasions and never stopped expressing how much he missed him, how much he wanted to badly to hold him and tell him how much he loved him.
With his declining health digesting food became difficult - it came to the point where he could only ingest liquids (i.e., soup and porridge) in very small amounts. These tiny portions gave him short amounts of energy and always caused him pain due to inflammation in his stomach. 
The lack of nutrition later took a toll on his energy, strength, and mobility
My father meant the world to me, he held a special place in my heart as he did to many. He was the life of the party with that contagious smile and lively personality. If you weren't friends with him, you definitely wanted to be! Those past few months were heart breaking as we witnessed that person quickly fade away

Thank you for taking the time to read my father's story and for your support. All donations will go towards his medical bills and memorial expenses.
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Lisa Hiep 
Springfield, VA
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