By Charlie Johnston
I was looking forward to giving you a full and happy update on Joseph Cronin on Monday. Tomorrow afternoon, I was scheduled to visit with the Cronins at their New Jersey home. While Joseph was still in a coma, he had gotten strong enough to be cared for at home – and returning home had been doing him good. His father, George, had been encouraged that Joseph was getting notably more responsive to things happening around him. The family had great hope that he would emerge from the coma intact.
George called me this morning in tears. Joseph has died.
The great tragedy is that it was nothing organic. A nurse made an error while changing a tube, Joseph started gasping in distress and they were not getting it fixed. They had to call an ambulance. Joseph died in the hospital.
I will still visit with the Cronins tomorrow afternoon – but to grieve with them. George was emphatic he wanted me to come. I was with him through a great trial, and it is proper we should grieve with each other at this abrupt, unexpected ending.
I will write about this Monday or Tuesday. I am very shaken right now. I had long looked forward to meeting Joseph in this life. I know he now looks after us from the next. Thank all of you for raising to give that boy and his family a chance to live or die as God willed, not as the state did.