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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

with regret james delorey has passed away



It's every parents worst fear, worst nightmare. Your child goes missing and you can't find them. It's cold outside and they don't have a jacket on. People are searching, over 100 people out in the freezing cold as a storm settles in and you don't find him, not on the first day.

The second day brings you hope. The family dog your child ran after returns home and rescue ground crew follow the dog and discover the body of your child with a weak pulse. Hope is alive.

This is the story of James Delorey, a seven year old autistic child who went missing in Nova Scotia after chasing the family pet out into the woods right before a winter storm hit the region.

With great sadness, Halifax Children's Hospital made the announcement today that James Delorey has passed away. His parents wish to thank everyone who participated in the search for them and I can only imagine the pain and suffering they must feel. Nobody's fault. Children wander sometimes and can disappear in a split second.

But what made James's situation worse was the boy's condition. James was unable to call for help which left him completely at the mercy of his surroundings without protection.

Halifax Children's Hospital would not make a statement about what measures were taken to resuscitate James, and there have been rare cases of patients with hypothermia surviving but not without severe damage to the organs. Hot fluids and warming blankets are used to warm up a patient suffering from hypothermia. James had a very weak pulse and his small fragile body swept away in the cold most likely could not come back from the damage already done.  The hospital instead is honoring the parents wishes for privacy while they grieve.

My family and I send out our thoughts and prayers to the Delorey's. We as parents know what it must be like to try to survive your worst nightmare the loss of your child. We hope God grants you the strength to carry on without James and pray for your suffering and pain to ease.

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2 comments:

shoeless mommy on December 8, 2009 at 11:03 PM said...

Certainly there is no worse pain than that of loosing a child. My thoughts and prayers are with this family as well.

MommaYoung on December 14, 2009 at 6:41 AM said...

OH that is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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