Shareen here (hijacking Julie & Lowell’s blog as I don’t really seem to be using my own any more).
I might as well come right out and say it. Our beautiful little girl is gone. We welcomed her with such joy just a few weeks ago, not knowing that her time on this earth was to be so short.
On Friday, November 14, Colbie stopped breathing and her heart stopped beating. Doctors were able to re-start her heart but she was not breathing on her own. She was airlifted via STARS to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. The staff there did everything they could but it was soon evident that her condition was not compatible with life. We prayed for a miracle, but we did not get the answer we hoped for. On Sunday, November 16, Colbie passed away while I held her close.
We do not yet know why or how this happened and many tests are being done to hopefully find some answers.
We are so grateful to family members who dropped everything to come to the hospital and say their own goodbyes while supporting us in saying ours. We are so blessed to have such a vast community; we have been flooded with love and support in the form of prayers, kind words, flowers, and meals. And to those who are farther away, we feel your love.
On Friday we said “see you later” in a private family ceremony. Julie and Lowell created a beautiful video of Colbie’s short life—we are so appreciative of their gifts. (Warning for sensitive viewers, there are pictures of Colbie in the hospital that are tough to see.)
Going forward will be hard and we do not yet know how people can best help us, For now, please know that despite the tragedy in our little family, we love your children and are eager to hear about them and watch them grow. Do not be afraid of offending us with your sharing.
Little one, my darling girl, we are crushed to see you go. You changed our lives and now we must figure out how to carry on without you.
We love you, kiddo.Always.