|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1985|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2003|
Ferin was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (also known as HLHS or half a heart), is a rare congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped. Without surgery or a heart transplant, it can be fatal. Surgery is only pallative. There is no cure.
Ferin had 3 surgeries by the time he was 3 ys. old. He could never do many things that healthy kids could such as go to an amusement park or participate in sports. He was very restricted in what activities he could do. It's very rare to live past 3-5 years old. He had many hospital emergency visits and admissions.
When he was 17, he started to pass out. He couldn't be out anywhere alone. He was having a hard time breathing and having heart attacks. The doctors needed to do surgery again. On Thursday, June 19, 2003, he underwent 14 hours of surgery. He coded many times from Thursday night until Sunday morning June 22nd, 2003. We were in a family conference with the doctor discussing his prognosis and whether to take him off life support when a CICU nurse came in stating he coded again. Kris and Luis made the hard decision to take him off life support and let Ferin go.
We thank God for the blessing of having Ferin in our lives for 17, almost 18 years (he was 3 weeks away from his 18th birthday) when doctors said he wouldn't live past 4 or 5 yrs. old. Despite being sick his whole life, he managed to always make us laugh. He was such a good comedian and he is sorely missed.
I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one,
I'd like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears, of those who
grieve, to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave
when life is done.
Your life was love and labor,
Your love for your family true,
You did your best for all of us,
We will always remember you.
Kristin Castro October 14, 1986 - April 22, 1988
THE WORLD'S GREATEST SON
Ottawa Park Cemetery
Created by: Dana Cook
Record added: Mar 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87386367