Family friend gone-transplant rejection

  1. With all that is going on here in the forum regarding transplants, I just received a phone call that a close family friend, one of my son's soccer coaches, who two weeks ago last friday received a pancreas/kidney transplant, has died just several hours ago.

    He was a single father and leaves behind a 15 year old son, a boy who has been a close friend of my son's for more than 6 years of their short lives. A boy who desparetely loved his father and took care of him.

    My buddy was placed on the transplant list in September 2002. About 20 years ago he was the victim of a medication error in the military that caused irreparable damage to his pancreas. He almost instantly became ill with IDDM. Over the years his kidneys began to fail to the point that beginning in December he was receiving dialysis 3 times/wk.

    I can't believe he's gone. I have not yet told my son, my hands are shaking, I feel sick to my stomach, and I'm so done with anything to do with transplants on this message board.
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   kmchugh
    Sally

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. There really aren't any words of comfort that I can offer, except know that I am thinking of you, your son, and your son's friend. You will be in my prayers.

    Kevin McHugh
  4. by   MissdonditaBsn
    Sally,
    So sorry to hear about your loss.

    I will keep your family and his in my prayers this week.
  5. by   casperbjs
    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It is so sad that this is happening to the 15 year old son. My prayers are with you and the other family.
  6. by   wv_nurse 2003
    I am very sorry for your loss....my prayers are with you, and all who share in your loss
  7. by   MishlB
    So sorry...
  8. by   Mkue
    Very sorry to hear that sad news. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
  9. by   SandyB
    I'm very sorry for your loss.
  10. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I'm really sorry about that...my heart goes out to his family and yours.
  11. by   CountrifiedRN
    My thoughts and prayers to you, your son, and his friend. Sorry to hear of your loss.
  12. by   Stargazer
    I'm so sorry, Sally.
  13. by   Keely-FutureRN
    I had a close friend whose father died when I was in 8th grade, and because of our friendship I felt like I had lost a father too. The best thing you can do is just to be there and be supportive. I'll be thinking of you.

    Keely
  14. by   RN always
    There is no words to describe the loss of a loved one. I am so sorry for your loss. And for the heartache when you tell your son. Please know that we all are thinking of you and sending you are prayers and love. God Bless

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