In Memory of Paige Warner
I know that you wanted some details about Paige, and the event that took her life. We do not know the exact cause of Paige's reaction and the doctor's and I can only speculate. My thoughts are that it is a combination of many things: 1. the flight, 2. a total change of environment with new allergens that she has never experienced, 3. the huge feral cat population where we were in Hawaii Kai, 4. the pool possibly had pesticide and chemical runoff from the golf course that surrounded the house, 5. One doctor thought she had a bronchial spasm that was similar to drowning due to the temperature of the pool.
On Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27th, Paige, Hank, Violet and I flew to Oahu to spend the holiday with Hank's cousin Simone Perez, along with her husband Henry, son Nico, and mother Maradee. We arrived around 1 p.m. and Paige was so excited to visit Hawaii for the first time. We got our rental car and drove directly to Simone's house in Hawaii Kai to drop off our luggage and get situated in our rooms before heading over to their friends home for a Thanksgiving meal.
We arrived at Scott and Jen's home (who we just met) for a Thanksgiving dinner. They had many friends, neighbors, and family present and were very welcoming to us. Paige was not able to eat much of what they had prepared due to her extensive food allergies, so she had a big plate of rice and soy sauce. This did not affect her allergies, and she was having a great time. She made friends with one of the girls at the house and they got in the pool/hotub with Violet. Paige seemed okay at first, but then she got out of the water and complained to me that after diving into the water, the nose was stinging really bad. She asked to use her inhaler, which I got for her and after doing a few puffs she said that it didn't work. I told her to wait a moment, to see if it helps and to go towel dry and get dressed. After she did this, she was still wheezy and not breathing clearly so she did a few more puffs. Another guest, who happened to be an EMT was nearby and she got benedryl for Paige, but she was having a hard time taking it. I knew something was not right so I asked our host to call 9-1-1. Paige started to panic because she has never seen me so concerned before and we have never needed to call an ambulance. She looked into my eyes and screamed, and said, "Mom, I'm dying. I know I am because I can see it in your eyes." The ambulance arrived within 7 minutes and they administered a spot of epinephrine and benedryl. I rode in the front seat and we were off to the Kapiolani Children's hospital. It took 27 minutes to get there and at one point I didn't think that Paige survived. The ER doctor was giving the ambulance personnel instructions to care for Paige while in-route, and they were waiting for her outside when we pulled in. Paige was breathing and responsive when we arrived and even complained that the nurse hurt her when she felt a needle. Paige's airways were so tight that they doctor had a hard time putting the breathing tube in, and she suffered cardiac arrest. It took 20+ minutes of CPR before they got Paige's heart started again, and were able to put in the breathing tube. About one hour later, she was ready to go upstairs to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Paige was on life support, and in a coma because of the trauma that her body suffered. The doctors put Paige on a cooling blanket to lower her body temperature to 34 degrees, as studies have indicated that the cold temperatures help to preserve the brain. For the next 72 hours she was kept at that temperature and had a nurse at her bedside at all times.
My mom flew in on Saturday to be with us and between Hank, my mom Marcha, and myself, there was almost always someone by her side. We only got 1-2 hours of sleep per day, if that and we talked to Paige, prayed, played music, read her messages from friends, read her book, massaged her body, and told her how proud we were of her and how much we loved her. Her biological father, Josh flew in on Sunday and spent a couple hours per day with her until Wednesday. He is so full of guilt for neglecting her for years, that he was not able to stay until the end and say goodbye.
Paige had her first MRI on Dec 1st and the results showed that most of the areas of her brain had sustained damage, except for the brain stem which was in good shape, and the portion of the brain that affects the memory. The doctor said that the full extent of the damage would be revealed over the next several months, and as Paige came out of her coma. Hank and I were steadfast in the belief that Paige would heal and whatever affliction was caused by this, we would care for her in any way necessary. My main concern and prayer was that whatever handicap that she had, I wanted her to still be able to express herself, have vision, and be able to create art. Because that is what drove Paige, what made her happy and was her absolute talent. The next day, Paige was not doing well. Her vitals were all over the place, she couldn't maintain a body temperature, her blood pressure was inconsistent, and an EEG showed that her brain waves were not very strong. They did an emergency MRI and the findings were shocking. In 24 hours, the damage to Paige's brain was tremendous. She showed major damage to all parts of the brain, including the brain stem which controls basic functions such as breathing, swallowing, and regulating body temperature. On Dec 3rd, Paige's doctors ran the first series of tests to see if her brain was completely dead. Sadly, Paige didn't respond to any of the tests. They stopped her ventilator to test if she would try to breathe on her own, she didn't. On Dec 4th, the doctors ran her final tests, and she was medically pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m. Hank, Violet, my mom and I were able to say goodbye and spent the next 7 hours with her. We were able to hug, hold and touch her without the tubes, ventilator, and IV lines hooked up.
Maybe it is time for Violet to become an older sister? She seems fit for the job and had a great mentor! You both seem like very competent, attentive, and very loving parents who created an amazing spirit for Earth to enjoy. Now she's in a place where there's nothing to worry about where you'll join her one day, until then you'll have her art and memories to get you there. I'll never forget going to the ER when our daughter had rare ESES seizures in 2010.. she's still here and disciplined drug therapy worked thank God where major damage in her brain reformed, it wasn't easy or fun and came with some social and behavioral costs spanning few years, even though she's an exceptionally advanced and gifted child like yours today at 12 now.
My heart and sympathy go out to you and your family. Sending you love and hugs- The Palkovich Family
That is soooooo sad. i would hate for that to happen to a faimly member of mine.
My daughter Cate met Paige at Excelsior last year & they bonded over the fact that they both had eczema ;) She said Paige was a wonderful artist that drew her beautiful pictures over the past year. I've been thinking of your family all month and will hold you in our hearts. Cate is heartbroken but will never forget her.
The more probable cause of her death is from the chlorine in the water. I have severe allergies to the pool water. I can not be near the pool without getting sick. Being in the pool would sure kill me right away.. If you have severe allergies, it is best to sit beside the pool for a short time and see if you will be o-k before jumping in. I have not always been like this, only after i woke up one day with severe environmental allergies to whatever is in the air...
Deepest sympathies to your family at this time. I truly wish I have some money to donate. I will pray for peace for your family. I hope your daughter Violet has a wonderful Christmas even though her big sister is not with you all. God Bless and hope you all have a better New Year!! Paige is looking out for you all now. Again God Bless your family...
My daughter's name is also Paige. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Merry Christmas to your beautiful family. My daughter is like your angel. Many life threatening allergies. One is BORMIDE used in most hotubes and some pools. She has had to use epi from swimming in them. And has been hospitalized. Same symptom complaint. Nose burned, then the throat went. I pray for your family and admire your strong little one. Xoxox
Dearest Carpenter family, I offer my sincerest & deepest condolences for your beautiful daughter's passing, but please take comfort in the fact that Paige is not truly gone, she has only moved from a tangible existence to an eternal spiritual one. Paige is the sweetest little Angel who has returned straight to Lord Jesus in Heaven, who will forever love & take good care of her, in an environment where she can never feel any mental or physical pain of any kind. Spirits are very much alive & always with us, so sweet Paige is always juggling between spending time with the Lord & with you all. May the Lord shower his eternal blessings on beautiful Paige & on all of you. You are a wonderful family.
So very, very sorry for your loss but this page really should be updated to reflect what people are donating for now. Its not to keep the family in Hawaii. Prayers to the family and their little angel Paige will forever be in their hearts.
To Paige's family. I am so very sorry for the loss of precious Paige. You and your family are in my prayers.
I am so sorry for your loss. I am sensitive to chlorine and many other odors after being in a highly chlorinated jacuzzi in Hawaii. My first symptom was a burning in my nose. TWO WEEKS later, when I saw my family doctor, I was told it looked like a chemical burn from my nose down my throat. I thought I had caught a cold from the airplane and took antihistamines right away. I wonder how many others have had similar reactions that have not yet been linked to the chlorine? I hope you find the answers you need to bring your family some peace. My thoughts are with you.
I was in Honolulu around the same time and prior to landing I started sneezing uncontrollably on the plane. I thought it was due to the a/c being turned on and thought, geez, the vents must have been real dusty. Once in HNL, I had the worst allergy ever (I have no allergies) I thought I was catching a cold but had no symptoms of being sick otherwise. I purchased the strongest Claritin and it did nothing. I went back to the store and purchased Benedryl and another two boxes of kleenex realizing I could not mix the two meds but I was desperate because the allergy was so bad. My conclusion is that it was probably VOG (volcanic ash and fog) as the cause? Only because it had such an adverse effect on myself who has no allergies. It finally cleared up after three days, but I was miserable. I am so sorry for your loss but thought my experience may help you find the cause.
I wish I could afford to donate a large amount. I am going to pray for your family in this time of loss. I have a friend who has severe food allergies and I am always worried about her. Only advice I could offer is, do not buy a casket from the mortuary as you will over pay by thousands and if you have this page I know a few dollars saved could help you honor her in other ways. I pray your family can recover and I pray that you find peace in her not being in peace. God Bless you all.
Jennifer, there are articles all over the Internet that say this poor child has passed away. Why is money still being raised?
Praying for the family during this traumatic time. I am sure that she would want you to continue with your everyday life like Violet said. Christmas will be very hard but remember that Paige will be with you. I am so sorry for you loss. She is a gorgeous girl. I hope you can find what happened to help ease your mind. God Bless all of you. God is with you.
Is she recovering or did sag pass away this is so confusing .. One thing says it's for funeral the next says it's to keep the family in Hawaii ?? Prayers for this little girl
ROSEVILLE- A Roseville family is grieving this holiday season after their 11-year-old daughter died during a Thanksgiving trip to Hawaii. Paige had an unknown allergic reaction that put her in a coma. “Usually, I could get it under control and this time I just knew something was wrong,” mom Karin Carpenter said. Paige always had food allergies and was sensitive to things in the environment. When her family arrived in Honolulu for Thanksgiving, all of that seemed to disappear. “She was just lit up in excitement and she was so so happy to be where we were,” Carpenter said. Soon after, Paige went swimming with her younger sister Violet and a friend. “Probably about 10 to 15 minutes into that, she started complaining that her nose was burning,” Carpenter told FOX40. Paige’s throat started to swell up and her breathing became so bad that their host had to call 911. “She looked at me and said, ‘I’m dying. I know I’m going to die because I can see the look on your face,'” Carpenter said. The 11-year-old never made it home from Hawaii. She loved to draw, and her parents say she lives on through her artwork. While her family grieves, her sister Violet is also making sure that they live. “Violet has been our ray of sunshine, keeping us eating and just taking care of ourselves,” Carpenter said. Violet even insisted the Christmas decorations go up, because it’s what Paige would’ve wanted. Carpenter is not sure what caused Paige’s reaction. She’s told anything from volcanic ash to the temperature of the pool could have contributed. Paige’s funeral will be some time in January. The Carpenter family is also thankful for the donations they’ve been getting on Paige’s GoFundMe site.
Thoughts and Prayers for a full recovery for your daughter. May God be with you all during this difficult time!
It says one time she died the next they are keeping her alive it's not very clear!