Damian Joseph Vazquez was born at 24 weeks, he weighed 1 lb 10 oz. He was 12 inches long. His chance at survival was very slim but we all had faith he’d make it and beat the odds. He was a fighter. He got pneumonia twice and had heart surgery shortly after being born. He then developed cysts on his lungs, which caused him to slowly leave us. He stayed strong and fought hard. Every time he heard his mothers voice or felt her touch, his heart rate would increase which meant he was happy and content. He couldn’t talk or do much being in the incubator and on a respirator, but you could tell he loved his mom very much.
Damian gave up his fight on Feb.11. For being so little he went through so much. Everyone is very proud of him. It’s a horrible thing to let him go because he touched so many lives and brought families together, But he is in a better place now, he is not in pain anymore. And he will never be forgotten.
Damian is survived by his mother and father, Adriana Campos and Sergio Vazquez.
Grandparents Pablo and Victoria Campos of Portland, Ore., Ermelinda and Eliseo Vazquez of Crecent City.
Aunts and uncles Jackie Vargass and Melissa Campos of Portland, Ore, John and Migdalia Campos of Santa Rosa, Calif., Sandra Campos of Smith River, Diana and Robert Martinez of Crecent City, and Alex Vazquez of Crecent City.
Great-grandparents Socorro and Maximiliano Timentel, and Alberto and Socorro Vazquez of Michoacan, Mexico.
Cousins Christopher Campos, Ethan and Gael Vargas, Adan and Camila Campos and Mia Sandoval.
Great-cousins Filimon Rosas and Johny Rosas of Smith River.
Services will be held at the cemetery in Smith River, at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 18. Gathering to follow at their home in Smith River at 10501 Hwy 101 N.
— Submitted by Family