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George’s Story

Feel The FORCE

On Sept 20, 2012 George had surgery in Philadelphia to correct a rare and complex congenital heart defect. After 8 months in the ICU and countless complications including loss of some of his extremities, George was able to come home and enjoy the summer with his family and friends who love him so dearly. Despite his physical challenges and a heart that wouldn't fully recover, George's strength, bravery, unshakable faith and compassion for others inspired all who met him. George went home to the Lord peacefully Saturday, August 31, 2013 while sleeping at the cabin, after teaching us that with faith, hope, love and a little humor we can overcome any obstacle. George loves fishing, golfing, playing hockey, building Legos, and is a Star Wars enthusiast. Darth Vader said it best, "The Force is strong with this one."  

Rest in Peace, Little Jedi

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book

    before one of them came to be.  
                                                         Psalm 139:16

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
                                                         Luke 18:16-17

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.                                                  2 Timothy 4:7


From October 2012:

George had open heart surgery on September 20th at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to correct a congenital heart defect, L transposition of the great arteries (LTGA) with double outlet right ventricle (DORV). It was a very complex surgery (Senning and Rastelli double switch) that started out well; however, complications began when they could not get him off bypass and had to put him on ECMO, a machine which performs the heart function while the heart recuperates.  They were able to get him off ECMO 5 days later but he has had one complication after another since that time.  As of now, they are trying to get him extubated for the third time, which has been a balancing act of eliminating fluids so lungs quit collapsing while keeping enough fluid for kidneys to function.  He has also been battling EAT, an arrhythmia that is not uncommon with this type of operation. He has suffered damage (similar to a frostbite) to his extremities due to poor perfusion when on ECMO.  A plastic surgeon and orthopedic surgeon are waiting to see what regeneration occurs and will determine what steps to take for George to have maximum use of his hands and feet.  This has obviously been a very difficult time; however, we have learned to take it day by day, rely fully on our faith, and lean on the love and the prayers of our friends and family.  Words cannot express how blessed we feel to have so much outpouring of support from all of you! 

Latest Journal Update

Walk in Memory of George at Twin Cities Heart Walk on April 25th at Target Field!

The Twin Cities Heart Walk is April 25th and it would be great to see as many people as possible join our team, "George's Troopers".  Let's walk in memory of George and support the American Heart Association in its fight against cardiovascular disease.You can join our team at the link below or sponsor the team or a team member. Many employers have matching gift programs so keep that in mind.  Please check out George's YouTube video link on the team page. The video includes the voice over that George received in the hospital from Tom Kane, the original voice of Yoda. "George's Song" was written and recently recorded by Kate Gallaher, a Senior at Edina High School. Her touching song is also available on itunes. 
George's Troopers Team Page:

Event info:
Saturday, April 25 – Target Field, Minneapolis 7:00 a.m. – Gates open & activities begin. This is your chance to see Target Field like you never can on a game day and learn something heart healthy along the way! 8:45 a.m. – Take your seats for opening ceremony. Walk begins following the opening ceremony. 

While I am not much of a facebooker, George's Tribute page has some updates. Thank you, Kelly Kerin!

Thank you for all the ways you continue to keep George alive in your hearts.
Feel The FORCE!