JASON SHRAGA – FINAL SADNESS
Dear Family and Friends,
It is for the third - and final - time this year that I have terribly sad news to convey. On Tuesday, September 30, I lost my little prince, Jason Andrew Shraga. He passed around 5am, after heroic efforts by the EMTs and ER team at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in Westwood to resuscitate him after he apparently stopped breathing at home at night. Jason would have been 6 months old "corrected" (ie. post-due date, as he was a 28.5-week preemie).
There is not much else to say anymore. He was such a tough little fighter and happy pappy who always had a quick smile for everyone and a truly sweet disposition despite his challenging, short little life. After being discharged from the NICU after 189 days there, Jason was home for a little over two months, and despite several return visits back to the ER/hospital. But, he got a chance to be in his home and crib, meet his family and enjoy the outdoors. I will forever be indebted to each and every member of the NICU team and the pediatrics doctors and nurses who took care of him, loved him and gave me and him and our family the time we had together.
In lieu of flowers, etc., a donation can be made in honor of Jason Shraga and sent to either:
Chai Lifeline (www.chailifeline.org) or
Health Sciences Development
Attn: Child Life, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 3132
Los Angeles, CA 90095
If you'd like to make a donation over the phone, please contact Danielle Dietz at 310-267-1852.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your love, support and generosity over this past year. I wish it could have had a happier ending. Jason is now at peace with him mommy and brother. Forgive me if I'm delayed in getting back to any of your calls/emails, etc.
Cherish you darlings.