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Gun Violence Comes Home
It is with a lot of sadness, that we pass along the news that gun violence has struck home for the child of one of Philadelphia's truly good guys, Lance Haver. On Saturday night, his 24 year-old son Daren was getting some late night food on Cheltenham Ave, and was shot in the neck. Although he survived, he lost the ability to move, and the ability to breath on his own.
The Daily News has an article today, discussing the choice Daren had to make, as well as the kind of person he is:
WHILE THEIR son, Daren, lies in a hospital bed - permanently paralyzed from the neck down, unable to breathe on his own after a bullet shattered his spinal cord - Lance Haver, the mayor's consumer advocate, and his wife, Lisa, wait for him to decide whether he wants to live or die.
"We had to tell Daren that there is no reasonable possibility that he will ever regain the use of his limbs," Haver said.
"We had to tell him that there is no reasonable possibility that he will ever be able to breathe on his own. We had to tell our son, 'If you choose to go, if this is too unbearable for you . . . ' "
I would love to be poetic here, but frankly, I don't think there is much to say.
Lance sent around an email about the situation, and ended it like this:
I would ask you to keep a good thought for Daren, if so moved a prayer would be great and if you have any advice or ideas of where there may be some appropriate treatment, please send them to me.
We are very thankful for all words of support and ask your understanding that e-mail is the best way to contact us right now, as we often turn off our cell phones when meeting with the doctors.
Please feel free to share this e-mail with anyone you think ought to know. If people learning of our tragedy are moved to help end this senseless violence and help stop the flow of illegal hand guns, then perhaps it will be more bearable.
The plague that is gun violence in our city hits another amazing Philadelphia family. I know I speak for all of us here when I say our thoughts are with Daren and his family as they get through this.