DISCLAIMER: TISSUES WILL BE REQUIRED
|Manuel Gabriel Mendez|
We were told to arrive to the hospital as soon as we can make it. Upon arrival Manuel was already prepped for surgery. Dr Kokoska came and spoke to us before the surgery and said that he would see what he could fix but was not sure of what he would encounter. He returned about 20 minutes later and informed us that he did everything he could but that it was too extensive for him to fix. Dr Wareham said that this was all that could be done and that it was time for us to call in family for his last rights.
Big brothers Mateo, Macario, and Marquez arrived and got to hold and kiss Manuel for one last time. Both sets of grandparents arrived and also said their goodbyes. It was an exceptionally difficult day for all of us. Both Pastor Currao and Pastor Lepley came and said prayers over him. As we gathered to hear Pastor Currao give Manuel his last rights, Manuel would open his eyes wide every time Pastor said the Name Jesus. It was his sign to us that he knew where he was going and that he knew Jesus.
Manuel Gabriel Mendez was removed from the ventilator at 6:30 PM and remained in Mommy's arms. He took his last two breaths at 6:37 PM. Heaven got a new Angel at 6:37 PM on Saturday March 8, 2014. We are thankful and honored that God allowed us to be blessed with Manuel's presence for 74 days.
We thank everyone for your prayers and ask that you continue to keep Marcello in your prayers. At least we are comforted in knowing that Marcello has an Angel named Manuel watching over him now.
We are in process of making funeral arrangements and will post these to the blog as soon as they are finalized.