Alicia’s Last Breath

Jim came up on Thursday night and went directly to Alicia’s room, arriving about 1am Friday morning. He came to the hotel room at 2am and Alicia’s nurse called us at 4am to tell us to come back to Alicia’s room. We called Nick at 5am and told him he needed to come to Cleveland. At 6am, Alicia’s vital signs plummeted and they gave her medication to bring her blood pressure back up. Nick, Jessica, Mrs. Ebbing all arrived at 11am and Johnny (Alicia’s cousin) and Anne (Johnny’s wife) arrived at 11:30.

This is her obituary: “Alicia Esther Lang, a 20 year old Lakota West Graduate, born March 20, 1992, died March 8, 2013. Alicia is survived by Mary Kay Lang, her mother, James Charles Lang, her father, Nicholas James Lang, her brother, John and Jeanette Thomas, her maternal grandparents, and Jack and Nancy Lang, her paternal grandparents. Please see hodappfuneralhome.com for arrangements and to send condolences.”

Alicia lost her 16 year battle with cystic fibrosis on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm. Jessica, Mrs. Ebbing, and Johnny left the room to go get something to eat, leaving Nick, Mary Kay and Jim in the room alone with Alicia. Jim called his mother and father (Alicia’s Myrtle Beach Grandma and Grandpa) and asked them to pray, since it was only Alicia’s family in the room. When Alicia’s Grandma and Grandpa were finished with the prayer, Alicia left us peacefully, was not alert and in no pain. We know she is now with her dog, Maria. Alicia knew her friends had left and did not want them to see her pass, so she waited until they were gone.

It was a bacteria that Alicia had for many years that finally took control of her body at the end. Because the body thinks the new lungs are foreign, it tries to get rid of them. It will attack the new lungs, so the doctors give high doses of anti-rejection medication to prevent this. However, this also prevents the body from attacking the bacteria that has grown in Alicia’s body for years. Achromobaceter is the bacteria that ravaged Alicia’s organ. This is the new “MRSA” bacteria that no anti-bacterial medication will kill. Cleveland Clinic tried 12 different anti-bacteria medications, and nothing would work. Cleveland Clinic doctors were very impressed that Cincinnati Children’s Hospital were able to control the Achromobaceter as long as they had. In retrospect, if Alicia had been transplanted one year ago, she would have actually died then. We had Alicia with us as long as we possibly could have had her here – our only hope is that she had a positive influence on everyone she had touched.

We will be celebrating Alicia’s life by having a public viewing on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm at Hodapp Funeral Home, 6410 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, Ohio 45044.

A traditional funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 6 pm at Vineyard Community Church Chapel, 11340 Century Circle East, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246. A celebration of Alicia’s life will follow at the gathering place next to the Chapel. Please contact us if you can help with food or servicing by 6pm Thursday, March 14, 2013.

We will put Alicia to rest on Monday, March 18, 2013 in the morning at Oak Hill Cemetery, 11200 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246.

We ask that if you have pictures of Alicia, please send them to pixofalicia@gmail.com for a slide show Dave Annett is creating. Dave needs the pictures by noon on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

If you would like to help we are asking for donations in lieu of flowers or gifts to the Alicia Lang Memorial Fund available at any Fifth Third Bank. You can also send monetary gifts to Alicia Lang Memorial Fund, c/o JTHF, P.O. Box 1236, West Chester, OH 45071-1236.

5 Responses to “Alicia’s Last Breath”

  1. Renee Stock says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. Alicia was an amazing young woman who inspired an entire community. She will be missed.

  2. Robin says:

    Alicia always made anyone feel better after spending time with her. She never complained. She never felt sorry for herself. She wanted to inspire other CF children. She will be missed by everyone who met her. She had that kind of spirit that stuck to you and you’ll never forget.

    Like her Grandpa said to us yesterday, “Let’s get on the Alicia Love Train”!!!!

  3. vicki heron says:

    What an inspiration Alicia and your family has been for me.One of the things I remember learning years ago was I noticed the extra effort you guys put into each holiday and birthday.It dawned on me “what am I thinking. I also need to step it up and not take it for granted that just because my kids are healthy doesn’t guarentee that they will be here tomorrow!” Alicia always had a smile that lit up the room
    She taught me to be thankful for each day God has given me and to live life and appreciate each new day. As parents you must be very proud
    ALICIA will be missed by many and always remembered! Love, vicki

  4. Michele Hughes says:

    Of course Alicia had a positive influence on our family. Each member of the Lang family did/does. We were so blessed to be your neighbor and friend. I loved having Alicia and Nicholas in my home those years the kids were growing up. We have so many fond memories and I appreciated the two of you allowing me to have them in my home. Your family will always have a special place in our heart and life! We love each one of you and are saddened to not be able to see Alicia again on Earth, but I have every joy t knowing we have eternity to enjoy as friends with our children and no more CF, seizures, chromosome disabilities….all will be well and whole! With love, Jeff and Michele Hughes (Jeffrey, Hayley, Reece and Gabrielle). (I’m sure Mia wants to respond separately).

  5. Jayna Kitchen Frazier RDH says:

    May she have peace in heaven.Her beautiful smile will always remain as a still picture in my mind.Mary Kay,Nicholas & James I will be praying for your family. Love Ms jayna

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