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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.