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Memorial created 06-23-2009 by
Lorraine Gearhart
Domenic Joseph Gearhart
November 17 2008 - May 6 2009

2012 and you are still present to me always Dommie!!

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Domenic Gearhart, by his Mommy, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Domenic's guest book and let us know you came to visit. Please read about my Sweet child and let me know your thoughts.  We will remember Domenic forever.

PLEASE SIGN AND READ HIS STORY TO KEEP HIS MEMORY AND LIFE STORY ALIVE FOR ME!! 

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2011 TO YOU MY BABY!  KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN AND THOUGHT OF EVERY  MINUTE OF EVERY DAY.  SANTA WILL BRING YOU  SOME NICE TOYS--LOVE YOU MY BABY

THANK YOU!

 

 

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Sleep in Heavenly Pork Chop

Our "Little Man" was born on a Monday, November 17th at 3:20pm (His Mommy was born the same time of day!) and he was a big boy at 10 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches long.  We knew there would be a chance he would have and he indeed did have Down Syndrome.  He is Special Child from God who chose us to be his parents are we are forever grateful!

He spent 12 days in the NICU at Riddel Memorial and then came home for 6 weeks for Christmas and New Years and then problems began for our Little Pork Chop.  We would take Domenic to the Doctor's and he sent us to du Pont Hospital for Children where Domenic would know as his home for almost four months.  Domenic was a fighter who beat most odds with Open Heart Surgery, then came complications due to Cystic Fibrosis, Floppy Airway from Downs and just low weight.

We were told about four times that Domenic would not make it and we should say our goodbyes.  My "Little Man" was on the ventilator for most of his short life and the last time we thought he would make it and it was not meant to be!  He was taken off the ventilator for the last time and only made it for 9 days but he gained almost seven pounds and looked the best he had ever in the hospital. God had bigger plans for our sweet Angel and now Domenic is in Heaven and looking down on his whole family smiling.  He is a normal baby with no more pain, a healthy spirit, and our New Guardian Angel forever.

He died in my arms on May 6, 2009 at 9:40pm but before he did died. He held on for us to have a Photographer come in and take the most precious professional pictures that we will cherish always.  Domenic for some reason looked healthy, robust, and very peaceful as if he knew it was time to live eternally in Gods House of Heaven.  

I want to say to you my precious Little Boy, that you were loved each and ever minute you were here.  To us you had no problems, you were just our Little Angel who tought us love everlasting with no boundries!  You life here was short but your purpose was to bring our family together and you did that.  We will think of you everyday and your sister Francesca misses you and loves you too!  Be sure to take good care of us from above as we need your guidance!

We love you and are very proud you are our son!  All our Love,  Mommy, Daddy, Francesca and Harley dog!  I look at your pictures everyday and am at Peace!  This is how I want my Son to be remembered, so please read....

  Down Syndrome Creed

My face may be different,
But my feelings the same,
I laugh, I cry,
I take pride in my gains.
I was sent here among you
To teach you to love.
As God in the heavens
Looks down from above.
To Him I’m no different,
His love knows no bounds.
It’s those here among you
In cities and towns,
That judge me by standards
That man has imparted.
But the family He’s chosen
Will help me get started.
For I’m one of His children,
So special and few,
That came here to learn
The same lessons as you.
That love is acceptance,
It must come from the heart.
We all have the same purpose,
Though not the same start.
The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace.
And I’ll do it as you do,
Just at my own pace.

 

Few Times I could Hold Domenic over Shoulder

 My Little Man tried his best to fight to live.  He spent almost four months of his 5 1/2 months of life at du Pont Hospital for Children.  We tried so long to have another baby and here he came.  Domenic was no different to us because he had Down Syndrome, he became a blessing to us without us even knowing.  I want people to realize how fantastic my Son was.  At the tender age of only 5-6 weeks went through open heart surgery to fix a whole in his heart and he came through with flying colors.  We thought he would be home soon.  We traveled ever day for almost four months sometimes twice a day to see our Son and let him know that we loved him!  We never missed a day and how glad I am we didn't.

Then he contracted a terrible infection that should have killed him and he survived.  Then found out he had very bad case of Cycstic Fibrosis (lung and nutrition problems).  He needed special enzymes in his feeding tube  to help digest food, then needed all kinds of respitory treatments to help his lungs and breathing, has been on the ventilator to breath for him about four different times for the four month span and only off two times.  The first time he went over two weeks breathing on oxygen at only 10 pounds which he stayed at for almost three months.  He could not gain weight. 

Then he went from the CICU to the PICU and we put him back on the ventilator for one more shot to see if he could over come him CF, DS, and Trachamelacia (floppy airway).  He gained over 7 pounds in seven week frame and looked very good and the day came to try to wean him off the ventilator for the LAST TIME!  He was doing so well and I was very optomistic that Domenic has gone thus far and would survive but it was not meant to be.  Domenic only lasted a little over a week and could not longer survive on a 100% oxygen.  We came right to the Hospital after a call from the Doctors telling us that we need to sit down and discuss his options which were at this point NONE!  We knew this was the last night with our precious son and did not know what to do or expect.  We just stayed with him and the Nurses took his feeding tube out and all his other lines and just kept his nasal canula on to help him breath.  At this point Domenic was getting so tired and his lungs were too bad to sustain a quality life.  We asked for a Photographer to come in and take some professional pictures of our Little Man since I had never had him in clothes since he was always in just a diaper in the hospital!  I dressed him in the sweetest Winnie the Pooh outift that was baby blue plaid with a preppy white polo shirt underneath.  Domenic was so alert and did not look like a sick baby!  He looked around at his Mommy, Daddy, and Aunt Linda as if he knew this was the end and gave us his all!  The original Photographer could not make it so another was called it and it happened to be one of Domenic's day nurse, ROB!  What a Godsend this was!  Rob took so many amazing pictures that I will share on this memorial to him soon!

About five hours later that evening it was time to take Domenic off all life sustaining intervention and give him a Morophine drip to help with any pain he may have.  As soon as the oxygen was taken off my son started to turn blue and cry.  Let me tell you what that does to a Mother to see your son fall into a permanent sleep and in no more pain.  It was just hard to keep my sanity at this point to know that he will eventually stop breathing.  Who would have known that people take breathing for granted.  Such a vital part to sustain life.  Domenic lasted about 1 1/2 one his own and taking fewer and fewer breaths until he finally stopped at 9:40pm on May 6, 2009 which just happened to be to day after his Big Sister, Francesca's 5th birthday!   He held on so she could have her day.  My Little Man died in my arms peacefully and God took him in his arms to his new home forever.  I spent that time telling my son of my hopes and dreams for him on this earth.  Wanting to see him turn one, take his frist steps, defeat all the odds, and that never happened here, but it will in Heaven where he is a new baby with no problems just a cutie pie who will help others learn to Love as he did for me and my family.  WE LOVE YOU DOMENIC!

Just a precious story about his viewing.  My daughter came with us to say goodbye and she picked up a dinner mint from the Funeral Home and I want listening to her and she looked over Domenic in his casket and said "You know that our Mommy won't let us have dessert until we eat all our lunch...so when you get to Heaven and finish your lunch, you can have the mint I will put next to you!"

I have to say to all the people who read this, thank you as I am forever grateful.  Please keep in mind if you are lucky enough to have never lost a child, to be patient, loving, compassionate, and supportative to ones that have.  To lose a child at anytime, at age, and any circumstance is a tradgedy and the burden that the parents and their families carry is never ending!  Please encourage them, listen to them, and be careful what you say.  Families never get over the loss of a child, they just try to do the best they can!!

 

Happy 1st Halloween My Pumpkin

 

Day of Remembrance 10/25/09

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY TO YOU MY ANGEL.  WE MISS YOU EVERYDAY AND I CANNOT GET OVER THAT TWO YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND THIS DAY I WAS SO HAPPY THAT I THOUGHT OUR FAMILY WAS COMPLETE WITHONE GIRL AND ONE BOY.  I WAS SO HAPPY, BUT THE PAST TWO YEARS HAVE BEEN HARD AND SO SAD.  OUR FAMILY IS TORN APART AND I FEEL SO ALONE WITHOUT YOU.  YOUR MEMORY WILL BE KEPT ALIVE BY ME AS OTHERS JUST FORGET!  I ONLY HOPE THAT NO ONE WILL EVER FEEL THIS PAIN AND IF THEY DID THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT YOU NEVER GET OVER A CHILD'S DEATH...YOU JUST LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT.  HUGS AND KISSES TO YOU MY FOREVER 5 MONTH OLD ANGEL SWEETPEA!  LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND YOUR SISSY WISHES YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN.

Another Halloween with out you for 2011 and you are soon to be three years old in Heaven.  I love you my Little Pumpkin!  Life is still not the same without you!

 

 

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