Judith Lauren, affectionately known to her family and close friends simply as Lauren, was the 11 year old daughter of Tony and Lynn. (Lynn lives in Georgia and Tony lives in Florida.) She weighed 25 pounds, and was born with both Scoliosis and a condition called Osteogenesis imperfecta (Type III). Osteogenesis imperfecta, also called brittle bone disease, is an abnormal fragility of the bones, with symptoms ranging from easily fractured or broken bones to deformed extremities, deafness, or short stature. She spent the majority of her short life in some sort of a cast, ranging from a simple arm or leg cast all the way up to a full body cast. Lauren was a 6th grade honor student at Macon County Middle School. As you can tell, she did not let her disease stop her or hold her back from doing anything she set her mind to.
Lauren passed away on January 10, 2001 in the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia, in the Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit after being admitted on December 29, 2000. She had been placed on a life-support respirator system. Due to her abnormal growth and bone structure, her ribs had been pressing in on her lungs, causing them to work so hard that they nearly stopped functioning. This was further complicated by the fact that she contracted a lung infection, something that may be a minor "chest cold" to you or I, but placed her into another condition called Restrictive Lung Disease. The respirator was doing all of her breathing for her while her lungs got an opportunity to "rest" and strengthen back up. As Lauren had always been a fighter throughout her entire life, she had to be kept under constant sedation so that she wouldn't fight against the machine.
The Memorial Service was held Saturday, January 13, 2001 at the Montezuma Methodist Church in Montezuma, Georgia. Her final resting place is at the Mt. Sinia Baptist Church Cemetery in Doerun, Georgia.
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