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To put a long story short, my big brother died of a freak choking accident. His brain suffered damage due to not receiving oxygen for half an hour. Thursday morning he was declared legally dead and the day was spent doing several tests to see if he could be an organ donor. He was cleared to be a donor and that night friends and family lined the hall leading to the OR for the Honor Walk. Over 200 people showed and there was not a dry eye there. Even the hospital staff were in tears.

My brother leaves behind his wife of 5 years and three children. The two youngest ones won't remember that night, but I get the feeling the oldest will. What's even worse about all of this is that our mom's birthday was Friday and his oldest son's is this weekend. My nephew turns 9 and all he wants is his daddy.

It is fortunate that my brother and I worked at the same place. Everyone knew him and, from what I've been told, they all miss him dearly. I have been lucky enough to have been visited by several of my work family, even those I normally don't interact with, and a few even turned up for the honor walk.

My brother was larger-than-life and arrogant and loud and hilarious. He was also very big hearted. His oldest son wasn't his by blood. My SIL had him from a previous and terrible relationship and my brother agreed to legally adopt the boy. His only daughter was born with Downs Syndrome and he cried when he found this out because of the possible mocking and teasing that he thought she would experience growing up. My niece has been surrounded by nothing but love since the day she was born and none more so than her parents.

My brother came from an unusual background. His dad and our mom married at a young age, gave birth to three sons over the years, and eventually divorced. However, unlike most divorcees, these two still maintained a strong friendship and are part of each other's lives to this day. My brother grew up with two stepparents and these four amazing people helped him in becoming a great man. When our mom married my dad three more brothers were added to the mix. Suddenly he had five brothers and not just two, then I came along and made the family complete by being the seventh son.

I will forever miss my big brother and so will my family.

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I am so sorry about your brother. It's been a rough week for brotherhood.

Posted June 22nd, 2018 by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

I'm very sorry this has happened.

Choking is one of my biggest fears. I think it about it nearly every time I eat. I've had some close calls and it is always terrifying for me.

Posted June 23rd, 2018 by Vandy

You sound like you have a great big family that's full of love, and right now, full of hurt. But I'm sure you and your family will be able to take care of your SIL and her children very well, and help each other through this difficult period.

Posted June 23rd, 2018 by Agis

Sorry for your loss. Heal soon.

Posted June 23rd, 2018 by Castrael

Praying for you and your family man.

Posted June 23rd, 2018 by MarvaIo

Praying for you and your big brother and everyone affected by his loss and and same for I killed mufasa’s.

Posted June 23rd, 2018 by Weid man
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