“Go hold your sons hand because you don’t know much longer you will get to do it for”
That sentence will live with me forever because that was the moment that I realised that my son was most probably going to die. I can honestly say that for me, that is probably the most beautiful way you can tell/prepare a parent that their child is going to die without using those terrifying words.
How do you tell any parent that their child is going to die? How do you explain to a parent ...that their child who was healthy the night before will never wake up again? To the doctors and nurses that tried to save my boy and who on a daily basis, try to save the life’s od someone’s son or daughter ….I thank you. Having to watch a child die and tell their parents such devastating news must be the hardest job in the world.
I remember the doctor calling me and saying “I am sorry that I couldn’t save your boy” but for me he did save my boy. Thanks to the doctor and nurses in the RAH Paisley starting Jacks heart again, I was able to spend another 36 hours with my son and have him die in my arms. I can’t even imagine how I would have felt if I had got the hospital and Jack had died without me there. For giving my son the best chance and for allowing us and our families to be there, I will be forever in the debt to the doctors and nurses at RAH Paisley and Edinburgh Sick Kids.
Jack would hold my hand all the time especially when we were on the couch watching tv and when he was going to sleep. I thought I would be able to hold his hand as he walked through the rest of his life and although I am so sad that I wont, I am so thankful that I got to hold his hand in his last hours in this earth.
Tomorrow is never guaranteed so tonight please “Go hold your child’s hand because you don’t know much longer you will get to do it for”
Arlene, Jack’s Mummy xxx
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