A week ago our mother Doreen Tompkins also known as Momma D, was admitted to Henderson Hospital for stomach pains caused by her long-standing battle with chronic disease Ulcerative Colitis. She's had flare ups over the years but this time things were different.
In 2007 our mother underwent a weight loss procedure known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and in 2011, there was a revision done were there was a sleeve put on the initial stomach pouch to help in further weight loss. Our mother had wanted to live a longer healthier life and this surgery had helped immensely.
Fast forward to a week ago when doctors found an ulcer which caused a hole in her stomach and discovered that her sleeve had corroded as well causing stress on the puncture. With that they decided to perform an emergency surgery to resolve both issues which was not successful. Three days after the surgery her doctor concluded that the whole was still leaking fluid. When that happens, the surgeons recommend that the stomach heal itself. Due to the condition of her stomach she was only able to ingest clear liquids and that would be her diet for the next 4-6 weeks paired with liquid nutrients and vitamins injected by PICC line.
Last night our mother was transferred to TLC Care Center for further observation and rehabilitative care to start the process of being well again. This morning things took a turn for the worst, around 6 a.m. our mother was found unresponsive without a pulse and medical staff initiated CPR and could not resuscitate her.
Unfortunately, Dominique and I have found ourselves in a tough spot. We must figure out funeral costs and all of the financial costs attached to our mother's assets and debts.
I never thought we'd be in the position we're in right now but this is why we are reaching out to our friends and people who had the pleasure of meeting our mother at a time where we need you all the most.
Our mother was a hell of a single parent and managed to touch so many lives in her life time. She deserves to have a proper funeral surrounded by the people that loved her most.