Ethan Gabriel Vititoe
April 29, 2022 - May 29, 2022
Ethan G. Vititoe
On April 29th, 2022 our son Ethan Gabriel Vititoe was born via emergency C section. What should have been a healthy delivery turned our lives inside out in a matter of seconds when an extremely rare thing happened where the umbilical cord became trapped by Ethan’s head as he was being born. The doctors and nurses spent over 45 minutes trying to get him breathing and eventually were able to with a machine.
We were told that his brain was not functioning to the point where he would be able to breathe on his own and that there was no chance of any sort of recovery due to the amount of time he had been without oxygen. Eventually we made the painful decision to remove our son from the machines and to put his life in God’s hands. We were told at that point that he may live for 15 minutes or so.
To our surprise, he was able to breathe on his own after removing the machines and shortly afterwards we were able to get him out of the hospital where friends and family were able to hold and spend time with him.
Ethan passed away in our arms on the 29th of May 2022, almost 2 weeks after he was supposed to only have a few more minutes. We had only a month with him, but it was a month more than we probably should have had and for that we are grateful.
It was obvious to us, and I think everyone who experienced Ethan’s short life, just how strong he was and how much his short story impacted so many people. My son has forever changed me and my wife and has inspired us to be better and to ensure that Ethan’s time on this earth meant something.
We continue every day to attempt to live life in a way that honors his memory and hopefully makes him as proud of us looking down as we were of him. - Justin Vititoe