Her death came after the liver became available Thursday afternoon and her transplant team at the Cleveland Clinic was in a hurry to prepare her for surgery, Powers said.
News of available liver excites Erica's spirits and spreads excitement among the surgical team and family after waiting more than a year for that moment, he said. Before going to surgery, he said Erica had time with Loi's 5-year-old daughter.
"Late yesterday, the stars briefly leveled off while we were in the hospital for an unrelated medical procedure and a miracle organ rose immediately after the transplant. We were so excited and rushed our daughter to spend half an hour with Erica," a statement from the family. "Then she quickly went to the OR, but deep into surgery, her body couldn't handle some of the injuries. She died in surgery.
" While our family is devastated by the loss of our beautiful wife, mother, daughter , sister and friend, we want to extend our deepest thanks to all who have supported Eric and our family through these very difficult weeks, months and years. Through her perseverance in life, Erica embodies hope and sets an example of strength. "
" Erica's Army "inspires her.
In a telephone conversation, her husband prevented her from tears.
" This is beyond devastating. "Powers said." She loved Loïe more than anything, struggling desperately to be with her. It's just excruciating that she failed to spend days or weeks or years healthy with Loïe. "
He said the family was" forever grateful "for the outpouring of love Erika received ̵
"She appreciates so much about what happened last week. "Powers said.
In her last conversation with CNN, Erica described why she was saying up, "I just feel like everything is a fight and you shouldn't" is wrong. people don't know that they can fight. "
" I want to see something else; I want more life to live, "k for it.
From death, she said, "I'm more afraid of what I leave behind.
" I generally spend a lot of time dreaming about what I would like to do with Loa and Scott if I were healthy and where I would like to go, "she said.
I longed to go with them to a remote place with a blue lagoon and a waterfall." When I say I dream a lot, it's like, "God, I wish I never took a moment for granted. I wish I had done all the things I was always afraid to do. ""
Commentary from the American Liver Foundation
He said "the thoughts and prayers from all over the community of the American Liver Foundation go out to Erica and her family. "