Gone Too Soon…

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David Murray Charles Garvin
1963 – 2013

Thanks to those of you who were praying for our nephew David and his family. Sadly, despite the liver transplant, he could not survive the damage done by the hemochromatosis, and died peacefully in Toronto General Hospital’s ICU on Thursday afternoon, August 8th.

Hemochromatosis is an iron storage disease, a genetic condition which, in David’s case, was not diagnosed until significant damage to his liver had already occurred. His sister-in-law, Carole Garvin, gave him 70% of her liver during transplant surgery last Friday, but in the end the iron stored in his heart interfered with his ability to recover. Carole is recuperating well and was discharged from hospital on the 7th.

David’s family will gather this weekend to make plans for a Celebration of his life.

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“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

[Psalm 23:4]

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“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish,
and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” 

[John 10:27-29]

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A time for prayer

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“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”

Lady Bird Johnson

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My thoughts today are with my nephew, David, and his sister-in-law, Carole. David was diagnosed earlier this year with an inherited disorder called Hemochromatosis that causes the body to absorb too much iron. By the time it was diagnosed, irreversible damage had been done to his liver and it was determined his only option was a transplant. However his health deteriorated further, and he was admitted to the ICU of Toronto General Hospital two weeks ago. Two days ago it was decided he was strong enough to proceed with the transplant. Carole is donating 70% of her liver to him.

My prayer is that the surgeries will go well today, and both of them will make a full recovery. Amen and amen.

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UPDATED AT END OF DAY #1:

“David and Carole are now both back in ICU after a successful liver transplant. Carole is doing well. The next days will be critical for David because of his heart.  Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support. Please continue in the days ahead. “

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“The ‘Amen!’ of Nature is always a flower.” 

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 15:13

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