"On June 17, 2017, our lives changed forever. My 44-yr old father went into cardiac arrest after we spent a fun day as a family at Boomer's amusement center in Modesto celebrating my little sister’s 4th birthday. On the car ride back home, my father started groaning about chest pains. Each groan got louder when my father suddenly became unresponsive. We called 911, pulled over, dragged him out of the car, and immediately gave CPR until the ambulance came. During the 10 minute ambulance drive to the hospital, the paramedic efforts to revive him did not work. He was brought back to life by the hospital around 15 minutes after his death.
After 2nd /3rd opinions and performing all the tests they could, the doctors advised us he had severe brain damage due to the lack of oxygen he sustained after his heart stopped and that he would be in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of his life. As a family, we held on to hope for as long as we could and waited until after his 45th birthday on June 28th to decide on the next step.
On June 30th, we decided to take him off the ventilator and let him pass naturally. We know my father would not want to live the remainder of his life hooked up to a machine. As of right now, he is still breathing on his own but his body organs are slowly deteriorating. We were told that he has 2 weeks to live at most.
Saying goodbye to him is the hardest thing we’ll ever have to do in life, but we have to accept this to end his pain and suffering and to let him Rest in Peace.
Any donation, whether it be a big or small amount, is greatly appreciated! The family has dropped everything to be at my father’s bedside 24/7 and there is no income coming in to pay the household bills. The money will go towards keeping up with the household expenses and to make him feel comfortable in a hospice house living center as he reaches the end of his life. Thank you."
- Justin Borras-Reed
- Erwin Medrano
- Paula Silverio
- Rona Alvarez
- Myrna Piano Villegas
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