David's story - 1965
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During 1965, I was a radio operator at a very remote
location with the United States Air Force. It was long before
frequent contact with family members through e-mail and
modern telephone communication.
During the summer, while I was operating our radio system,
I received a call saying "â€¦tell Airman Larkin his son is
dead." I was Airman Larkin, and the son the radio call was
referring to was two year old David. The message said he had
spinal meningitis and if he was not dead yet, he soon would
be because of the very low survival rate.
Due to our location and the limited means of communication
in 1965, I went through a fairly complex series of military
connections covering about a week before I was able to reach
Seattle and learn David's fate.
Thanks to Children's Hospital, the story has a wonderful
outcome. David was rushed to Children's where he not only
survived, but went on to grow into a life of helping others
in need. David is now in his 40's, a Chief with the U.S.
Coast Guard reserve and a critical care registered nurse in
the Seattle area.
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