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July
6
2019

Gunnar’s Slideshow

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June
25
2019

Obituary

Gunnar Thomas Oxendahl, age 5 months and 10 days, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN.

 

Taylor and Rebecca Oxendahl found out early in their pregnancy that one of their twin boys, Gunnar, had a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)This meant that the left side of his heart did not develop properly. This condition typically requires a series of three complex procedures, followed by a heart transplant at some point in a patient’s life. 

 

On January 7th, 2019, the Oxendahls welcomed their twin boys, Gunnar and Carter into the world. At only four days old, Gunnar had his first open heart surgery. The surgery was successful, but it was apparent that Gunnar was going to have a challenging road ahead of him. Gunnar, a Scandinavian name meaning Warrior,” fought valiantly every day of his life, earning him quite a reputation with the medical team at Mayo Clinic. Through many ups and downs, Gunnar brought so much love and joy to his family, as well as the thousands of people who were following his story across the country. His sisters were in awe of him, frequently commenting on how cute he was and how much they loved him. His twin brother loved sitting with Gunnar in his hospital room posing for pictures every month, commemorating their “month birthdays” together. Gunnar will be deeply missed, but during his short time on earth, he affected the lives of many in a very positive way.

 

Gunnar is survived by his parents, Taylor and Rebecca; sisters, Grace and Clara; twin brother, Carter; paternal grandparents, Terry and Karen Oxendahl; maternal grandparents, Wes and Patty Stillwell; paternal great grandmother, Bernice Davidson; maternal great grandmother, Dorothy Johnson; paternal aunts and uncles, Kristin, Tim, and Travis (Whitney) Oxendahl; maternal aunts and uncles, Danny (Ann), and Ricky (Sara) Stillwell; and cousins MaeBelle, Charlie, and Si Oxendahl.

 

Gunnar was preceded in death by his paternal uncle Thomas Oxendahl; paternal great grandparents Torvall and Serine Oxendahl, and Allen Davidson; and maternal great grandparents Les and Kay Stillwell, and Wayne Johnson.

 

A memorial service to celebrate Gunnar’s life will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 2:00 p.m., at Lutheran Brethren Fellowship Church (213 26th Street East) in Williston, ND. Memorial gifts will be distributed by the family to the Child Life organization at Saint Mary’s Hospital, as well as Cy’s Place in Rochester, MN.

 


June
24
2019

Memorial Service








We will be having a memorial service to celebrate Gunnar’s life on Saturday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. The service will be held at the Lutheran Brethren Fellowship Church, 213 26th Street East in Williston, ND.


June
17
2019

June 17, 2019

As you may have gathered from our last update, we were told last week that Gunnar wouldn’t be coming home with us and that we were going to have to make some decisions about his future. Well, Gunnar ended up making that decision for us today. Gunnar Thomas Oxendahl went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ this morning. Rebecca and I were both able to be there and hold him tight as he took his last breath. My parents and Rebecca’s mom were there during his final moments as well. 
We are nothing but blessed to have had the privilege of being Gunnar’s mom and dad these last 5 1/2 months. He was a remarkable little boy who touched the lives of so many. And I feel like a broken record when I say this, but we have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support from all of you throughout this entire process. Please continue to pray for us, especially our girls, as we make the transition back home. 

June
13
2019

Prayer Needed

This is less of an update and more of a prayer request. Gunnar has remained relatively stable lately, but we are in some very uncertain times right now regarding his future. We are being faced with some very difficult decisions, and would really appreciate some prayer right now.

Also, one of Gunnar’s little cardiac buddies, Tucker, is really struggling right now. This little boy is a true warrior, but he’s fighting a pretty tough fight right now. Please pray for strength and healing for Tucker, as well as strength and peace for his family. 

Thank you.




June
5
2019

Better Morning

Gunnar had another good night, and seems to be feeling better this morning. They’re keeping him on his antibiotics for about another week, but it appears as though things are improving. Thank you for continuing to pray for his ongoing recovery.

June
4
2019

Quiet Night

Gunnar rested well, and didn’t pull any shenanigans overnight. There are a number of theories floating around right now as to why Gunnar got so sick yesterday, but frankly we might never know the exact answer. He’s still in a tough spot, but is more stable at the moment than he was yesterday. Also, Dr. Dearani stopped by last night, and he wants to meet with us and some other representatives from the medical team this afternoon to get everybody on the same page regarding our current situation. 

We can’t adequately express our gratitude to all of you for your faithful prayers, love, and support. We are constantly humbled by the outpouring of love from all of you. We read every single comment on CaringBridge and on our Facebook posts, and love it when you share our story with others. Our story is not just of pain and struggle, but of God’s underserved unfailing love and faithfulness toward us. I know it can be hard for some people to understand, but we see God’s provision on a daily basis in the midst of our circumstances. So thank you for interceding for us in prayer, and for loving on us in so many different ways. Please continue to pray for our little Gunnar, as well as the rest of our family. Thank you.

June
4
2019

PICC Successful, However...

Gunnar’s PICC line procedure was successful in and of itself, however he nearly coded just a couple hours after he got back to his room. Thirty minutes after we left the hospital to go get supper, I got a call from Catherine (physician’s assistant) saying that Gunnar was not well and we needed to get the whole family up there ASAP. We got there quickly and could tell just by looking at him that he was not doing well. It took a good hour or two, but they were finally able to get him somewhat “stabilized” for the time being. They don’t know whether it was his infection or possibly an allergic reaction to something that caused this event tonight, but they still trying to pick up all the pieces and figure out what’s going on. He’s still in a tough spot, and is getting a lot of additional ventilator and medication support to keep him going. So for now, I’m camped up here in Gunnar’s room for a bit, and Rebecca took the kids home to get them to bed. Please pray for an uneventful night, and that whatever is going on inside his fragile little body would resolve quickly. Thank you.