Xavier Echanique
Xavier Echanique

Feb 6, 1951 - Dec 29, 2015

 On December 23, my father suffered a brain aneurysm: the result of a birth defect, a veinous malformation

On December 23, my father suffered a brain aneurysm: the result of a birth defect, a veinous malformation

 We drove from Washington DC to South Florida, where my dad was hospitalized and comatose

We drove from Washington DC to South Florida, where my dad was hospitalized and comatose

 We had to wait until Monday for the neurologist to give us a prognosis for recovery

We had to wait until Monday for the neurologist to give us a prognosis for recovery

 Large portions of my dad's brain were gone; there was little hope for him to breath on his own, much less to regain consciousness,

Large portions of my dad's brain were gone; there was little hope for him to breath on his own, much less to regain consciousness,

 Dad had a living will and his wishes were very clear  

Dad had a living will and his wishes were very clear
 

 On Dec 28, we removed life support. It took our father 8 hours to pass; watching every shuddering breath, each rattle of his inability to breath, was agony. I will never understand why the state would force us to let our father slowly die before our eyes instead of allowing us to assist his passing

On Dec 28, we removed life support. It took our father 8 hours to pass; watching every shuddering breath, each rattle of his inability to breath, was agony. I will never understand why the state would force us to let our father slowly die before our eyes instead of allowing us to assist his passing

 I will never be the same

I will never be the same

Xavier Echanique
 On December 23, my father suffered a brain aneurysm: the result of a birth defect, a veinous malformation
 We drove from Washington DC to South Florida, where my dad was hospitalized and comatose
 We had to wait until Monday for the neurologist to give us a prognosis for recovery
 Large portions of my dad's brain were gone; there was little hope for him to breath on his own, much less to regain consciousness,
 Dad had a living will and his wishes were very clear  
 On Dec 28, we removed life support. It took our father 8 hours to pass; watching every shuddering breath, each rattle of his inability to breath, was agony. I will never understand why the state would force us to let our father slowly die before our eyes instead of allowing us to assist his passing
 I will never be the same
Xavier Echanique

Feb 6, 1951 - Dec 29, 2015

On December 23, my father suffered a brain aneurysm: the result of a birth defect, a veinous malformation

We drove from Washington DC to South Florida, where my dad was hospitalized and comatose

We had to wait until Monday for the neurologist to give us a prognosis for recovery

Large portions of my dad's brain were gone; there was little hope for him to breath on his own, much less to regain consciousness,

Dad had a living will and his wishes were very clear
 

On Dec 28, we removed life support. It took our father 8 hours to pass; watching every shuddering breath, each rattle of his inability to breath, was agony. I will never understand why the state would force us to let our father slowly die before our eyes instead of allowing us to assist his passing

I will never be the same

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