[pct-l] FW: Zero pack weight

Tortoise Tortoise73 at charter.net
Wed May 16 19:26:15 CDT 2007

I am sad. I am stunned!

I've never married or had children so I can't really 
empathize with the Van Peski's but I'm sure this is a 
devistating loss.

My inadequate condolences to them.


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I switched to Mac OSX rather than fight Windows
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Donna Saufley wrote:
> I am certain that all of you, like us, will be stunned to learn this tragic
> news.  Our hearts are aching for the Van Peski family.  
> L-Rod
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Glen Van Peski [mailto:glen at gossamergear.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 8:02 PM
> To: Donna Saufley
> Subject: Zero pack weight
> Our son Derek achieved a base pack weight of zero just before midnight last
> Sunday, Mother's Day.  He was a couple of months short of his 20th birthday.
> Derek was admitted to an Orange County hospital April 30 for seizures that
> they could not stop at Fairview.  The Hoag Hospital ER stabilized him, and
> he went to their intensive care unit.  He was heavily sedated and on a
> ventilator for breathing.  Over the next week the staff took down the
> sedative levels, but he was unable to breathe on his own.  We authorized a
> tracheotomy, with the hope that would allow him to breathe for himself.  He
> was getting better, breathed on his own for 8 hrs one day, then only 2 the
> next.  Early Sunday morning he coded (no pulse).  They inserted two chest
> tubes to allow air to escape that was leaking out of holes in his lungs into
> his chest cavity, and did CPR for 20 - 30 minutes, to no avail.  They called
> us and told us he was gone, so we drove up to make arrangements.  When we
> got there, Derek was back in ICU, his heart having started on its own.   But
> due to being flatlined for some time and the efforts taken to save him,
> Derek was in pretty poor shape.  After spending all day up there, talking to
> nurses, doctors, and seeing if he could be an organ donor (which he was not
> a candidate for), we authorized staff to remove the life support systems and
> make him comfortable, and drove back home.  We got a call just before
> midnight that Derek had passed away.
> So, I've got a scout in heaven, checking out the best trips in the heavenly
> ranges...
> --Glen
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