I got the call when I arrived at work on Tuesday, August 19. It was a social worker from the local hospital where my mother lived. I was informed that she had been transported via ambulance with my youngest brother, John at her side. My husband picked me up immediately from work as I was too distraught to drive. I think unknowingly I knew the situation was dire. I did not have much information except that they thought she might have a bleed.
My husband and I arrived at the hospital and my mom was still alert, but in a lot of pain. She told me she was scared. In hindsight, those words spoke volumes. She was always there to protect us from fear. I then left the hospital to pick my older brother up from school. He had just started High School the day before. Thankfully I got him to the hospital in time to talk to our mom. My younger brother and I had some time to spend with her and talk to her. The paramedics were there and preparing her for transport to Sacramento where there were neurologists standing by to treat her.
During the first transport attempt, my mom arrested and had to be brought back to the local hospital. She never regained consciousness. She was placed on a respirator and there she remained for six days.
Within 30 minutes of her arrival in Sacramento, we were informed that she would not make it.
My brothers and I made the decision to remove her from the ventilator and let her go. The doctors had run multiple tests and came to the conclusion that she was totally brain dead. She also suffered a major stroke as a result of the anuerysm.
She passed away on Monday, August 25, 2003. We will miss our mother greatly.
We love you Mom. Leyla, Joe and John
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