Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RIP Dr. Morio Kasai

I just found out today that Dr. Kasai passed away on December 8th, 2008. Click here for his obituary Does the name sound familiar? That's because this is the man who pioneered the Kasai procedure that helps babies with BA. I honestly did not know he was still alive, but suddenly learning of his death has hit me a little harder than I expected. It leads me to think of all of the "what ifs" had this man not ever been born, or not ever gone into medicine, or not ever decided to try to help out BA babies. I wonder, also, if he knew the sheer multitude of lives he has touched. Not just BA babies, but their families, their friends, and anyone else who cares to listen to our stories. I certainly hope that he found joy in his life before his passing. So, today is a bit if a sad day for me, but a happy one as well. I got to have a tiny little piece of this man in my life. I am eternally grateful to him for his accomplishments. Without him, Ember may not be here today. She might not have lived long enough to receive her transplant. So, thank you Dr. Morio Kasai. I am sorry that I did not get to say this to you in person, but I think you now know the magnitude of your one action. Please take care of all of our liver babies who did not make it. I hope you have found peace. Know that our family has with your help.

4 comments:

Christina (aka - Tina) said...

Thank you for sharing. I have always believed that 1 person can make a difference and I try to live my life in such a way. This man is proof of that it is true. What a difference he did make.

Love,

Tina

The Geiler's said...

She is so stinkin cute! Congrats on the new full time job as MOMMY! I love the new blog of yours too!

Alyssa said...

Just found this blog post...my little brother Kobe James also has this disease and underwent a Kasai procedure. I loved reading this small dedication to the man who made it possible, so thank you.

Alyssa said...

Also, your daughter is absolutely beautiful.