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  • God Bless Charles

    This is a non HCM, or what appears to be a non HCM related death. As many of you know I am a human resource manager in my "other" life. I arrived at work this morning to learn that an employee had passed away last Friday during a cardiac procedure to help detirmine why he was short of breath. It turned out that he had a severely damaged mitral valve and was unable to tolorate the angiogram, he passed away during the procedure.
    I met Charles 8 months ago and he was a real antique car buff...just what we look for at Packard. We will all miss him and only wish he had sought out treatment sooner. Charles was 56 yrs old and is survived by his wife and 2 children. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
    God Bless Charles and may he rest in peace.

    Sincerely,
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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    I found out yesterday that Charles did have cardiomyopathy, while I am currently unclear of what kind of cardiomyopathy.. but it was in fact cardiomyopathy. It sounds like he had dilated cardiomyopathy but I do not know. He will be laid to rest today in NJ.
    I knew him for 7 months - he was a very nice man who loved his family deeply. To find out that he too had cardiomyopathy was very sad for me... I wish I would have know sooner, maybe I could have helped him find better care. His first real problems came the week of my father-in-laws death -therefore I did not see him at all that week, I just knew he was home sick.
    Keep he and his family in your prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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      Re: God Bless Charles

      God Bless Charles. Charles will be missed, I am sure. May he be at peace and soar with the angels.

      Lisa, my prayers are also with you and everyone at Packard. I am so saddened by your recent loss of Charles and Jack.

      Your efforts will continue to save lives and make a difference in the care of those with HCM. We all have choices in life and part of those choices are to seek out help. You can only help those that ask. Please don't beat yourself up...you are a wonderful person with a great team in your midst. We love you dearly and ache when you ache.

      Love and Light,
      Sharon

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        Re: God Bless Charles

        I pray for comfort and strength for Charles' family. What a tragic loss. Lisa and Sharon, you both continue to amaze me with the strength and fortitude you show daily. You have both accomplished so much in an effort to prevent other families from suffering such tragedies. Linda

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          Re: God Bless Charles

          Dear Lisa,

          I know how painful this must be for you, for Packard, and for Charles' family. It is a sad reminder that we can't save everyone, no matter how much we wish we could. It is also a reminder that the medical community needs to get its head out of their....um....bum... about HCM and cardiomyopathy in general.

          My deepest sympathy to all of you.

          Sarah

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