In Memory Of Ashton Wade Reedy
Our precious Ashton was born on May 21, 1999. He was
beautiful and he was perfect. He was his Gammy’s boy from
the moment I held him for the first time when he was only
a couple of hours old.
He brought such happiness to our family. He was my
daughter’s first child and our first grandchild. Ashton was
such a good baby. He hardly ever cried and that smile…what
a smile. He could melt your heart with that perfect smile.
Ashton had ice blue eyes and blonde hair that he never wanted
combed. I told his mom on several occasions that he was so
special. I told her that she would never have another baby
that was as good as Ashton. She would just say that I had
On December 2, 2001 Ashton began to run a temperature.
This was very unusual for him. He just never ran fever. We
were in contact with the doctor but Tylenol just wasn’t
working. Monday morning his mother took him to the
doctor. He was diagnosed with strep. But the doctor said
that he was just so pale that he wanted to do some blood
work. At 2:30 that afternoon we were told that Ashton
probably had leukemia and we were sent to Cook Children’s
in Ft. Worth.
The next day I held my precious while he had a bone marrow
aspiration and a spinal tap. He was such a brave little boy.
He held on tight to his Gammy and I whispered in his ear
that everything would be ok and that his Gammy was there
for him and that I loved him very much. We were told that
Ashton had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
The doctors were all very positive and said that Ashton
had a very good chance of recovery.
When Ashton was admitted to the hospital his liver was very
inflamed. It was functioning correctly but was very inflamed.
He was diagnosed with hepatitis, mono, strep and ALL.
Still the doctors were sure that he was going to be ok. Chemo
was started on Wednesday December 5. Ashton tolerated it
well. That was the only day that he actually got out of bed and
walked while he was in the hospital. That day the Home Depot
Man was coming and he was so excited. Home Depot was his
favorite store. He loved to go there with his Pops (grandpa) and
ride the lawnmowers. The rest of the week was pretty much
just staying in bed and having chemo. We were told that one
of the drugs would cause him to have a big appetite. We were
beginning to see that. The things that he wanted to eat and the
time of day or night that he wanted them was amazing.
On Wednesday December 12 he went into surgery and had a
port put in his chest to receive his chemo. He went through
the surgery fine. He had slept most of the day, but that
evening around 10:30 he began to get sick. The nurses
thought that it was from the chemo and the anesthesia. By
morning he was critical and was placed in ICU. His blood
pressure was so low that they could not find one and his
heart was racing at 220 beats per minute. The doctors told
us at that point that they did not know if Ashton would make
it or not. He was in septic shock, he had no white blood cells
to fight off the infection and very low blood pressure.
Ashton had to be placed on a ventilator within a couple of
hours of being placed in ICU. We would never hear him
speak again or see those big blue eyes sparkle.
He was given so much fluid that he had gained about 20
pounds in 2 days. He was placed on a dialysis machine to
remove the fluid. The doctors were able to start weaning him
off of some of the medications once the fluid was removed.
He was getting better and everyone thought he was going to
make a full recovery. On Friday December 21 Ashton had a
major bleed into his brain. There was a blood clot that could
not be removed and he had suffered a stroke. No one knows
why this happened to Ashton. They told us that children with
leukemia have tendencies to have bleeds like that.
On Sunday December 23 our precious died in our arms. He
left behind a family that loves him more than anything.
We all miss him so much.
It is my hopes and prayers that no other child will have to
suffer and a cure will be found.
"Gammy “loves ya more everday"
Loyal Angel Lamb Ashton
Ashton's Web Site