|September 18, 1930 - July 10, 2005|
received a scratch on the arm, and several days later, was vomiting severely,
dehydrated and incoherent, and slurring her words. She was left alone
with my Aunt Jenny who is mentally disabled. An ambulance was called and
at the hospital her arm was black from the wrist to the elbow, and oozing
puss. We were told she needed fluids and antibiotics and would need to
be kept overnight. During the night things changed for the worst and we
were called to the hospital. The family was forced to make a choice of
amputating her arm at the shoulder or she would die within 2 hours. She
had cardiac arrest just before going to surgery. Because she did not have
a living will the hospital had to resuscitate her. She came through the
surgery but her blood pressure never would be stable. Her kidneys failed
and they put her on dialysis, she had a pace maker put in her heart and
eventually a charger was attached to the pace maker to give her heart
a jump start. We never left the hospital except to shower. She died after
her third cardiac arrest and resuscitation and her brain they told us
had damage. I'm not sure if from lack of oxygen or from the infection.
She was strong, and very giving person. She died Sunday, July 10th 2005,
after the family made the decision to unplug all the machines and let
her go. She will be missed by all.
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