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Uncle George is out of his coma, can’t take 2017

Posted 2/15/17

My mother’s much younger brother George was in a terrible accident on Jan. 11, 1992 while working at a construction project. 

When Uncle George was put into the medically induced coma, he never came out of it. Many things have happened in …

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Uncle George is out of his coma, can’t take 2017

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My mother’s much younger brother George was in a terrible accident on Jan. 11, 1992 while working at a construction project. 

When Uncle George was put into the medically induced coma, he never came out of it. Many things have happened in the family since then including marriages, births, and sadly the death of his beloved wife, Gertrude, but we all moved on with our lives as Uncle George lay helpless in the nursing home. 

Then suddenly, a call from my mom. A “miracle” she was screaming. Yes it was true: Uncle George had finally come out of his vegetative state and was becoming cognitive of his surroundings. “Hurry and get here” mom said, so I did. 

I talked to my favorite uncle as soon as I got there. He was a bit slower and much older sounding, but he could comprehend everything I was saying. I told him all about the family and who had come and gone. He was amazed. 

Then I said to Uncle George, “You’ll never believe this, but remember your favorite football player from UCLA and the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, O.J. Simpson?” 

“Well of course,” he said. “O.J. was the greatest running back of all time.”

I told him that O.J. was accused of murdering his wife and male friend by slitting her throat and stabbing the friend to death. He was acquitted, and is now in jail for another crime. 

“No way”! he exclaimed. “That’s not possible. Everybody loved O.J.” 

“Wait it gets better,” I continued. “Joe Paterno from Penn State was brought down in a child sex scandal and died a couple of months later.”

“Saint Joe, with the grand experiment and all of those great seasons at Penn State? How’s that possible?” 

“It’s true, and you’ll never believe this one. America’s favorite dad is on trial as a serial rapist. That’s right, Bill Cosby. Bruce Jenner’s now a woman. You remember him, don’t you Uncle George? His name is Caitlin now. The Wheaties box, the gold medal, the all-American boy, the greatest athlete in the world. Well it’s all true.” My uncle’s monitors started to show some increased levels of what I wasn’t sure. Then I told him that President Donald Trump had just signed 16 executive orders in his first two weeks in office including trying to ban immigrants from seven Muslim countries.

I heard a high-pitched sound from the monitors. Nurses came running. Uncle George had flat-lined.

Larry Kapenstein

Middletown

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