Remembering Lana, by her daughter

Portrait of Lana

My hero donor was my mother, Lana.

On August 25, 2021, my mother was put into the hospital for an abscess on her brain from a tooth infection. She was 56 years old with no health conditions. My mom had surgery on August 28, and she had to get a tracheotomy in her throat.  She had two major strokes in the midst of all of this. My siblings and I had to make the decision to put her in a skilled nursing facility. We had always discussed with my mom that we would never do that, so we were so heartbroken. I even felt like I failed my mom as her daughter, but everything happened so fast. My mom held on for us for 11 months.  On June 19, 2022 (Father’s Day), her nurse called me and said she was going to the hospital because she was breathing funny.  I didn’t know that by the time I got to the hospital she would be gone. My mom is my Hero. We will never understand why this happened.

She was such a ray of sunshine. Lana was our hero and she saved so many lives, raised so many children, and helped so many people. We love and will forever miss her smile, her laugh, and all her great advice.