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Spotlight: McGeady Family, Ohio

by Cresha A. on Sunday, June 2, 2013

McGeady Family Ohio

Patrick John “PJ” McGeady was our first child.  PJ entered our lives on January 30, 2006, and was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  He also had other issues such as mitral atresia and abnormally small arteries and veins.  The staff at Columbus Children’s Hospital’s NICU worked incredibly hard to get him ready for what would have been the first of 3 surgeries required by the age of 2.  We spent the majority of our time there for a week that included some memories that we will forever cherish, despite how difficult it was.  He had that first surgery on February 7th and we thought the first miracle needed for us to raise our child had occurred.  The doctors were very optimistic about the surgery and felt it was a great success.  We were able to spend about 12 joyous hours with him after the surgery, which included getting the only photograph we have of him with his eyes open. However, shortly after midnight on February 8th, Patrick’s heart stopped and the medical staff at Columbus Children’s Hospital was not able to revive him, despite their best efforts. 

Our world was turned completely upside down in an instant.  We were suddenly experiencing the worst moment in our lives, instead of what was supposed to be the happiest.  Mary and I were devastated with the loss of our beloved son.  It is still very difficult at times, but we have decided that PJ can be an inspiration to us and to others.  We are very passionate that we have been called to help others not experience the loss and pain that we suffered.  PJ’s short life can motivate people to fight for the life of all babies and Pulse Ox screening can help with that endeavor.  We want to celebrate his life because we know he touched the lives of more people in 8.5 days than most people do in a lifetime.  If we continue to use him as an inspiration, then he can be a driving force in the fight against all afflictions that impact babies in our country.