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Remembering Mete Akin

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Raised by 253 people in 23 months
Created September 23, 2017
Dr. Mete Akin passed away Thursday September 21, 2017 at the age of 36. He was an exceptional man- full of life, love, vigor, compassion, and dedication. Mete was always there to lend a helping hand in any situation. He worked long hours, was passionate about his profession, and dedicated his life to his family.

As an anesthesiologist, Mete was the consummate perfectionist, which was evidenced by his being named Faculty and Associate Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His rapid rise at Johns Hopkins (at the young age of 36) is a testament to his dedication to his profession.

As a husband and father, Mete loved his family to the fullest. His wife Canan was his idol. He mentioned often how she is the rock of their relationship. His children  daughter Azra (age 4 1/2) and son Kaan (13 mos) were always topics of his conversations because he loved them with all his heart. Through them, his life’s dreams came true. 

I have known Mete for many years. We have interacted as friends and colleagues. As a clinician, Mete loved to review critical aspects of anesthesiology, so useful in my pediatric dental practice.  We were also fellow hobbyists. His professional and, more importantly, personal advice will stay with me forever. Like you, I am devastated by this difficult loss. I know that being there for Canan, Azra, and Kaan is exactly what Mete would want .

Please join me in support of Mete’s children in this time. No amount will bring him back, but some solace may be found in this. Although there is a family network, these young children will need financial support for current and future financial needs. His unexpected passing is no doubt a devastating event for his family. His wife is now the sole guardian of the children. Let's step up and make this an amazing effort, because she is not alone.

This drive has been coordinated with Mete’s wife Canan, she will be accepting of all proceeds of this campaign.

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Hello to all. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who have supported the family through your words, thoughts, and donations. It’s still unreal- yesterday was 4 weeks since Mete passed.

With Canan’s blessing she allows me to post her Facebook thoughts, as well as Ayça’s loving and heartfelt speech about her twin brother.

“I still can't believe that the SWEET, handsome, FUNNY and smart boy (Mete Akin) I met, dated and married is no longer on this earth. Still so surreal. That's all I can say at this point. I am not good with words that's why I would like share my sister-in-law's (Ayca Akin) speech from the memorial at JHU. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated thru GoFundMe. I hope I can eventually get around to thank you all individually. Thankful for your friendship and generosity.

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Among the myriad paths that life could produce, I never thought I would be here in front of you to talk about the loss of my twin brother and best friend, Mete. But here we are, in this beautiful hospital and among this special group of people, suffering from the most devastating blow. Here we are, in the place where Mete attained his “dream job”. With all that he accomplished, becoming a member of this community was one of Mete’s proudest moments.

The resounding message from people who knew Mete was how giving and genuine he was. With all the adjectives I could dream up, Mete is best encapsulated in these two words: “walking kindness”.

Mete’s dedication to his medical practice was astounding to his friends and family. Through his years of hard work and daily challenges, he remained committed to helping others in need, without judgment. My parents, on several occasions, received notes from Mete’s patients– complete strangers– thanking them for raising such an amazing human being. Those patients saw that he never acted like he was better than anyone else and was unapologetically his true self, no matter the context. It always amazed me to see such an accomplished person be so humble.

Mete’s effect on others was not limited to the patients that he served or the people with whom he worked. Coming from a small family in the United States with parents who immigrated from Turkey, family was always so important, it was all we had.

Mete was first and foremost a family man. He and his wife Canan built a beautiful life together with two amazing children. After long days at work, Mete would throw himself into play with his kids. Before witnessing Mete with his children, I had never seen an infant– in this case his son Kaan– nearly hyperventilate from excitement at the mere sight of his father entering the room. It was extraordinary to watch. And the bond that he shared with his four-year-old daughter Azra was also like none that I had ever seen. He was silly and fun. He would make up ridiculous games and create a halo of joy around him. Even when recovering from a knee surgery, Mete would play ball to the best of his ability with my son because he had asked him to. Through all the trying times in his life, Mete kept a positive attitude and a joke in toe to take the edge off. He always made the room better.

Mete had other passions outside of medicine and his family. He was a talented soccer player, drummer, and DJ. He even produced his own album in “ample” spare time. He wrote poetry, he loved fantasy fiction, and was the biggest Steelers fan I knew (next to our older brother Cem).

Whatever Mete loved, he knew in and out. I’ll never forget the night in our early 30s when he revealed one of his passions to me. Over a glass of scotch in a Manhattan whiskey bar, Mete casually told me about his parallel persona. “So,” he said, “I have to tell you something. Over the past year, I have rapidly risen to become the foremost internationally recognized expert and prominent trader of bootleg Turkish Star Wars figures. I’m kind of a big deal.” And he was right. Podcasts, blogs, fans all over the world, you name it. It was just like him to be unassuming about being such a big deal.

Mete was beautiful inside and out. He touched everyone he met because he was authentic and good. Our broken hearts will never be mended. He was just too good.

Mete was not a religious person, but he did have a formative experience while volunteering his ophthalmology services in Nepal through the Himalayan Cataract Project. I remember him telling me about the stunning Buddhist temples and the warm hospitality of the people he encountered there. It is because of this I leave you with these words from Buddhist monk and zen master Thich Nhat Hanh:

“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”
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