Rest In Peace Gavin David Bruce Norton

I am lost for words right now, I have no idea what to say, I can't talk to anybody.
Natalie is a Wife, and a Mom. On top of that, she is an amazing, amazing Photographer, a HUGE inspiration and motivation in my life.
How I first came about Natalie was through Digital Photography School Forum, she was a huge contributor to the blog and I loved reading her blogs. When I went away for my trip, I didn't read or hear anything about her for a while, and when I came back I hadn't either.
I went onto DPS last night to check out what's new. I was a bit disappointed to see nothing new from Natalie, but surprised to instead see a post about Natalie. Turns out, in the past 2 weeks while I was away, her baby son was in the hospital battling fiercely with a vicious case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). On top of that, baby Gavin has developed RSV, pneumonia and most recently a blood infection.
I immediately went to her Twitter, and prayed harder than I have for anything in my life.
How is it that this complete stranger can have such an effect on me, I don't know. Perhaps it's the fact that the family has inspired me in so many ways in the past. But I prayed. I prayed the hardest I ever have. I didn't fall asleep until around 2AM last night. There was way too much racing through my head, my brain analyzing the days events, and one specifically, Gavin.

Today I woke up, did my usual routine, and prepared for a busy day. First thing in the morning I used my foods class to catch up on some homework. Then, went to History and wrote the first part of my Final Exam which was a 4 Paragraph Essay on internationalism, which I feel I did well on. Then lunch, and off to Science where I wrote the second part to my last 4 Chapters of the course final. (I still have the Finals Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday next week.) I finished early, and went on my iPod to check up on Gavin & Natalie's blog. My heart sank, I felt a shiver go through my entire body. I sat there, in disbelief. I couldn't believe what I read.

"Gavin David Bruce Norton
October 24, 2009-January 7, 2010"

I sat there. I was out of words. I couldn't believe it. This person whom I've never met before changed the rest of my entire day. I could barely talk to anybody. In gym, I wanted to have fun enjoying the last few classes as much as I could. But I wasn't able to. This baby, whom never even got to see 3 months of age, passed away after fighting so hard. I don't know what to say really. The only person I feel I can really talk to right now is Braden, my best friend.

Rest in peace baby Gavin David Bruce Norton, You're in a much better place now.

-Spencer Jan/7/2010


Chrissy's family life blog said...

Spencer I am so sorry to hear that terrible news. How tragic for such a young little baby to leave this world so young. Unfortunately the battle he was fighting would have been a very difficult one and he was much to young to have won. Children die more frequently from respiratory arrest than cardiac arrest, they just don't have the reserve to fight. All you can do is pray for his mom and dad, pray that they find the stregth to get through this most difficult time. Cheer up, i hope things get better for you!! xoxo

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