Carl Klotz

20171008_121635My little brother, Carl, was born on October 12th, with multiple congenital heart defects. He had 5 open heart surgeries over the course of his life. He had a stroke at age 3, which led to epilepsy and other neurological issues. He was an amazing kid. I remember him throughout the year, but particularly in September (when he died) and in October because of his birthday. Also, whenever I get the flu shot. We get the flu shot to offer one more layer of protection for people like my brother who could easily have died from the flu.

This Sunday the flowers at my church were placed in memory of Carl. I brought them to my office after the service. I’d have taken them home, but I’m not sure how Fuller Cat would have reacted to them. As I was driving to the office I listened to the Moth Radio Hour. The final story was about a family that had twins. One of the twins only lived 6 days because of a congenital defect. They donated his body to science. A few years later they visited as a family the various labs whose research had benefited from their donation. I grabbed a copy of the book that tells this story in more detail, A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science.

Happy Birthday Carl.

~ by mentatjack on October 12, 2017.

One Response to “Carl Klotz”

  1. This is a beautiful tribute, Steven.

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