Adrian Ramiro Garcia passed away in the early morning hours of March 14, 2014, two days after his first birthday.
Adrian was born on March 12, 2013 to Luis and Samantha Garcia of Bremerton. He was airlifted to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital the next day after doctors discovered a major heart defect.
Adrian underwent his first open-heart surgery at nine days old and remained in very critical care for the next month. He made great strides in his recovery, only to contract rhinovirus, which pushed him into heart failure.
After he fought for months, he was placed on the heart transplant list and received his new heart Nov. 20, 2013. He was so sick, however, and the heart came with complications of its own. A month or so before his first birthday, his family faced the fact that his new heart would not lead him to the long and healthy life they had hoped for.
On March 13, he gave a sign and his family gathered to say goodbye. That evening, the support was pulled and he did what he did best his entire life — fight. Adrian passed away peacefully in his mother’s arms with his father by their side.
He is survived by his parents; big brother, Damario Garcia; grandparents, Jesus and Marina Garcia, Tom Pierce and Karen Lemagie; uncle, Sergio Garcia; aunts, Mara Lemagie, Emily Lemagie, and Shannon Pierce; great-grandparents, great-aunts and uncles, and many cousins. So much love was given to this sweet boy in such a short lifetime.
A celebration of his life will take place at Island Center Hall on Bainbridge on March 22, 2 p.m. through Cook Family Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Seattle.
— Family of Adrian Ramiro Garcia