A Sad Time for My Family

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.


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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One Response to A Sad Time for My Family

  1. bronsonbitsandpieces says:

    Things like this are so sad, and only in reflection do we see the blessings of the extended time, the growth in his progress, his speech recovery. It’s so nice to see that he was so well loved. Thanks for sharing this, Carol.
    Carol Bronson-Duplessis


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