My Great-Nephew, Thomas Vogt passed away this Wednesday, September 12, 2013, after spending six years battling the traumatic injuries suffered in a workplace accident. The night of the accident, doctors told his parents not to expect him to survive the night, and if he did survive,he’d be a vegetable, unable to communicate or to have any kind of life. His parents refused to accept this. They stayed with their son, talking to him, working with him every day of his life, slowly but surely, bringing him back from the edge of death. Baby steps, but then huge milestones. Setbacks with infections, but always followed by progress. When Thomas passed away, he was speaking, able to put himself into his motorized wheelchair with assistance, eating whole foods by mouth, taking trips outside the care facility with his family and friends. And in that one split second of time, this past Wednesday morning, he passed from this world to the next. His progress is testimony to the power of love, prayer and devotion.
His doctor signed his death certificate and stated the cause of death was respiratory failure. Hard to say what happened–perhaps the autopsy that’s been performed today will give us some answers. He was holding a conversation with the nurse’s aide and in mid-sentence he stopped speaking. She had turned away from him for that split second of time and when he quit speaking, she quickly turned back around and rushed to his side. CPR proved unsuccessful.
A beautiful soul is no longer with us. We are left with our memories of Tom; his smile and his love of life. He was 29 years young and we are blessed to have had him with us for all those years.