On Thursday, April 27th, Jack went into surgery to remove his polio ridden foot that had served him well for his entire life until late 2016 when he was no longer able to walk on it without severe pain. The decision to amputate was not an easy one for Jack, but like everything he has done in his life, he was totally committed to living the best life and removing his foot and getting a prosthesis would get him back on his feet so that he could go back to playing golf and going fishing!
Jack was well on his way to recovery when he was knocked off his feet again by an unidentified problem that put him in the ICU in the early morning hours of May 8th. The doctors suspected Jack was bleeding internally but he needed to be stabilized before any procedures could be done to identify the source of the bleed. As we waited and prayed for Jack to improve his heart just stopped - so did our lives! As we watched the Doctors and Nurses at St. Joseph's go into quick, and life saving action all we could do was pray. We put all our faith in our Holy Father and gave everything to him and trusted that he would guide us through this very difficult challenge.
The Doctors were able to resuscitate Jack, but he was down for 8-10 minutes and in a coma that the doctors said could not be predicted; however, Jack had another plan! By the time we made it back into the ICU, Jack was awake and managed to give Janie, Kathy and Jenny a very stern look, followed by responding to the Doctor's questions by squeezing his hand to indicate understanding since he was now incubated and unable to speak.
In light of this, we decided to pursue the source of the problem immediately by scoping him and thankfully, they identified the root cause of all Jack's symptoms. The procedure was a success, but Jack is now dealing with complications with his kidneys and is on 24-hour dialysis and a ventilator.
Jack fought hard for 8 days, but his body ultimately surrender to God's plan. Every day we wake up is a gift and none of us ever imagined that this would happen to Jack, our Dad.
We love you Pops!! You are in God's hands so we clasp ours in pray for guidance and strength to help us honor your memory.
Love you forever, Mom, Jenny (Runt), Kathy (Kathy Jane), and Rob (Ace)