By PawPaw Mark:
Today is the day we hoped and prayed would never come.
Today, baby girl Audrey Claire Leslie lost her valiant battle against too many physical challenges. She fought a good fight, no…a great fight, but just couldn’t win this last battle. She is resting in the arms of Lord Jesus and is free from the pain and suffering she endured for most of the 81 days she graced this earth. No more tubes, no more IV’s, no more surgeries, chest tubes, PICC lines, G-tubes, endotracheal tubes, infusion catheters, medications, monitors, pulse ox alarms, etc., etc., etc.
Friday evening, Audrey’s condition rapidly declined, she actually had a “code blue” and a swarm of nurses, doctors, PA’s, nurse practitioners, and respiratory therapists descended on room 7110A and literally plucked her from the edge. Throughout the evening and night, assessment and reassessment by her cardiac surgeon and the chief of pediatric cardiology reached the gut wrenching conclusion that the veins in her tiny lungs could no longer sustain her fragile life and that no medication or surgery could save little Audrey’s life. Even maximum ventilator and oxygen support could not overcome her lung condition.
She is happy to be made whole. We are happy for her. We are sad for all of us who already miss her more than can be comprehended. We deeply mourn an amazing little lady who stole our hearts, captured our attention, and taught us much about love without ever uttering a word. This broken world is a much better place because Audrey Claire graced us with her precious life.
She fell into His arms at 2:27 pm today, August 16th at the tender age of 81 days. She left this world in the loving tender arms of two amazing parents who chose to give her life and to love her deeply and love her well. They are an inspiration with the strength and endless determination to be sure she had every chance with all the medical care, love, and prayer to overcome her many issues. They taught us all much about the power of the love of parents.
In the final hours of Audrey’s shortened life, Chris and Rachel were surrounded by big brother Cooper (Spiderman) and the usual masses of family and friends who shared in the continuous stream of tears as well as a tender loving team of caregivers at Children’s Medical Center in Oklahoma City. In time, all will be acknowledged for their compassionate care of baby Audrey. May God Bless each of them for doing an impossible job so very well.
A memorial service is in the planning and will be announced when set. The usual author of The Story of Audrey will write when she can. She is eternally grateful to all who have loved and supported her family and baby Audrey over the past months.
God IS Good. We praise Him for the life of Audrey Claire Leslie and give thanks that His promises are true.