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From Jim Ludwig:

"Lillian left this world holding the hand of God at 8:41 pm CST tonight. She peacefully died in our arms as we talked to her telling her how much we love her and how amazing our exactly 100 days to almost the minute were before she had her incident at Daycare.

She then held on for 3 long days as a last gift to us so we could say our goodbyes and let our friends/family say their goodbyes. She was such a little trooper trying to breathe on her own and fight through this. She just could not breath enough to sustain herself on her own after the brain damage. There were glimmers of hope here and there, but the damage to her brain was so devastating from the initial daycare incident, all of her upper brain functions were gone.

Melissa and I will never be the same as sharing our brief time with Lillian has changed us forever. They were the most amazing days of our lives and also the most devastating at the end. Please see the attached pics we took the night before the incident (some are a tad older). She was so happy and so talkative. She was the same the morning we took her to daycare. We have no answers yet except some sort of SIDS-type attack that happened at Daycare.

Please pray for Lillian."



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Jan. 15th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
My wife and I have a daughter almost exactly that age. She even looks a bit like Lillian. I can't even imagine. My heartfelt condolences.
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Ohhh...I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of this little soul...*sends warm thoughts to her parents*
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Absolutely heartbreaking.
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Terrible news. My condolences to the family.
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Too soon...
News of Lillian's death saddens me more than I can express, surprising since I know neither her nor her parents. My prayers go out to Jim and his wife, that they can be strong for each other and take comfort in their shared grief.

I will remember Lillian and her 100 days.
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry for their loss. She was a beautiful baby, and the entire family is in my prayers.
Jan. 15th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oh no, this is so so sad and heartbreaking..

Fly high sweet little angel on wings of everlasting love.
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
My deepest condolences to Lillian's family and friends, and to you, Mr. Martin. I hope you can find some way to express to the Ludwig family that even the thoughts of strangers many miles away are with them today.
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
My sincere condolences.
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, my gods. I am so sorry.

If there was anything I could do to make it better...
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
With love for Lillian
If a wordsmith like George can be bereft of words imagine where this tragedy leaves small folk like us. Jim and Melissa, even though we'll likely never meet I can and willingly will share in your pain. If positive energy has force in this world then may all of us well-wishers ease your burden, however slightly. They say to have loved and lost is better than to never have loved at all? What a harsh sentiment to consider, but I understand how invaluable your brief time with Lillian was. Too often a fleeting treasure is held in higher esteem than those we live with on a daily basis. Everyone, embrace your family and let them know how much they matter.
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
How amazingly heartbreaking.

My thoughts are with your friends.
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, gods... I am so very sorry for their loss. My heart breaks for you. No one should have to suffer that kind of loss.
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Memory eternal.
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Dear Ludwig Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and yours are at the center of my heart and my prayers this day. May you find solace.
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