One night I cried to Jesus
As I sat beneath the trees;
I looked into the open sky,
And hoped He'd answer me.
"I am lost dear Lord...
I've traveled far but still I seem to roam;
Please light the way and lead me, Lord
I need to get back home."
I told Him of my burdens,
And of the sadness in my heart;
That from His gracious love
I'd never felt so apart.
"Why did you take my child, Lord?
I cannot understand!
No longer can I touch her face,
Or hold Her little hand."
"I am angry, Lord... I am missing Her,
I am drowning in my sorrow;
Please help to heal my yesterday,
And face each new tomorrow."
It was then I heard Her gentle voice,
And felt Her presence near;
How I wanted so to hold Her,
As I cried another tear.
She said, "Mommy, I'm an Angel now,
My spirit will be free;
I'm an Angel now in Heaven,
So PLEASE don't cry for me."
"I was chosen by our Lord above,
And now I'm in His care;
Whenever you need me,
Just look inside your heart;
I PROMISE to be there."
"No one can ever take away
Our bond with one another;
For I will always be your precious Child,
and you will always be my Mother."
"So if you cannot find your way,
Or the road to home seems far;
Just look up to the Heavens,
And I will be your Shining Star."
She said, "Mommy, I'm and Angel now,
My spirit will be free;
I'm an angel now in Heaven...
There's no need to cry for Me."
- Author unknown -
On September 22,2000 my wife and I planned to have dinner at the house with our daughter P.J. and her boyfriend. We had no idea that our lives were about to change forever.
We all sat down to eat and P.J.'s boyfriend and I where discussing his Big Chevy Pickup. All at once P.J. started complaining of a splitting headache. She went into her bedroom and called her mother in there. Her mother left her bedroom and got her some pain reliever and returned. My wife then called me in P.J.'s room. I witnessed P.J. sitting up on her bed wringing wet with sweat. She was in severe pain and very dizzy. We rushed her to the hospital.
On the way she begin vomiting, complaining of not being able to see. Her speach became slurred. She was pleading with her mother to "help me mom" and kept saying "What is wrong with me?"
When we arrived at the emergency room she could not walk. I had to carry her in. Before they got her on a bed she went into a coma right before our own eyes. Many doctors began work on her right away. She stopped breathing and they immediatly put a tube down her. A CT scan was done and it confirmed our worst nightmare, She had a massive brain hemorrhage because of the AVM.
She was Care-flighted from Granbury Medical Center to Fort Worth Medical Plaza. On the way in flight she had lost all reflexes. She had a tube put into her head to try and relieve some of the pressure but it was to late. Surgery was not an option at that time. We spent the next 5 hours by her side and praying. At 4:15 am September 23,2000 our perfectly healthy 18 year old daughter was pronounced dead. Our hearts were crushed and our lives changed forever in a matter of minutes. We miss her.
In loving memory of
Patricia (P.J.) Keith
Jan.19,1982 - Sept.23,2000
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