Friday, October 29, 2010

Books From Gabriel..

Gabriel Grant Saville was born into our family on January 26, 2009. Gabe was our fifth child, second son. Gabe was a healthy 8lbs 2oz. and was in perfect health.

Gabe was just like any other child his age hitting all the normal milestones and always passing his well baby checks with flying colors. Gabe was a very happy boy, we loved having him in our family and enjoyed every minute we were able to spend with him.

clip_image002On Saturday July 10th we planned on spending the day like any other regular Saturday, we ran a few errands, played outside in the water and just spent time together. Saturday evening David and I were downstairs with the 3 oldest playing some Lego Harry Potter on the XBOX and Gabe and Isaac were watching a movie upstairs like they did all the time. Isaac came downstairs and said “Mom, Gabie is dead”. I of course first thought, him being a 4 year old was just being silly but decided to go check on Gabie anyway, and our nightmare began. I found Gabe in the bedroom with blue lips. I immediately called for David who knew something was wrong and called 911. We started CPR and the ambulance got there very fast. We had a 3 minute ride to the ER and then 45 minutes of the most scariest waiting of my life. After 45 minutes of CPR and adrenaline shots, the doctors and nurses of the ER got his heartbeat back. He was then taken to have a CT Scan done and moved into the PICU. The doctor on call then informed us that Gabe had massive swelling of the brain from lack of oxygen and blood flow for so long. The next 48 to 72 hours were critical. On Monday July 12, 2010 after many tests and waiting for some sign of brain activity they declared Gabriel brain dead. This has truly been the hardest thing our family has ever had to handle.

As we get closer to the holidays and Gabriel’s 2nd Birthday we are saddened to not have him here with us. We were unsure how we were going to handle that day. We decided to start a tradition in his memory to be done on his birthday. Gabriel loved looking at books, sometimes I’d find him sitting quietly in the front room just looking through his many board books. He especially loved the board books with the textured surfaces on each page.

We would like to ask for help in collecting books for all ages of children, to be donated to Portnuef Medical Center’s Pediatric Floor on January 26th, 2011 in memory of Gabriel. I’d love to have them all at my house by January 19th so I may write a little note on the inside of the books.We’d like to give a big thanks to Doug Guthrie of Farm Bureau has be so kind as to offer his office at 301 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello Idaho as a donation drop off place. The children who are at Portnuef Medical will love to have these books as they spend time there getting well. We are so grateful to all of you who are able to help with our Birthday Gift to Gabe by giving books to those children out there who are struggling with their own battles. 
You can also email me at or leave a comment for any questions. And you could drop off books directly to me too at:
251 E Griffith Rd
Pocatello, ID  83201


  1. That's a really sweet idea. We'll get busy finding a great book to donate! Love you!

  2. OH wow, what a year your family has had. One of those bitter sweet times in life. THank you for sharing your story.

    I clicked on your name from a comment on the the Sullenger's blog. You moms who have had to go through the trial of this type are way more special and awesome in my eyes. I seriously think it takes a special woman to be able to be willing to have a responsibility such as being the mother of a child, who for whatever reason is taken from this earth life earlier then is wanted. But the amount of faith, and testimony that you possess both before, during and after just inspires me. You truly are the type of person I'd like to be some day. Thank you for your example.

    I'd also love to send a book or two for your project. Which I think is a very rewarding one. Thank you for your example.

  3. My sons attend Stoddard Elementary and brought home a flyer today about your sweet little son. It brought tears to my eyes just reading the flyer....I knew I needed to send kind words your way and to thank you for allowing the children to donate in Gabe's name. We will be purchasing books asap and having the boys drop them off at school. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.