Posted by Paul on December 22, 2001 at 20:12:46:
In Reply to: Removed from life support posted by Sarah on November 30, 2001 at 20:40:54:
I am 40 and lost my wife of 7 ½ years to a brain aneurysm on June 11, 2001. Eleven weeks earlier we had adopted a baby boy. She was driving down the highway when it happened. Our son was in the back seat in his car seat. They took them to two different hospitals. I went to see my wife first and they told me she was brain dead. I then went to see my son and they told me he had multiple skull fractures and was bleeding from the brain. I asked them if he was going to die. They told me that his brain was swelling and they did not know. I then got a call from the other hospital about organ donation. They were able to harvest her heart, both kidneys and her liver.
My wife and I had seen a show on TV a few weeks earlier where they decided not to remove life support. The person suffered so much before their death. My wife and I made a promise to each other that if this ever happened we wanted to have our organ donated and have life support removed. I never thought I would have to make that decision.
My son is doing good now. He will have to be in therapy for a couple of years or so but he should make a full recovery or close to it.
I know it was hard but you and I made the only choice there was. I will keep you in my prayers.
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