Late Thursday evening, Bram was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Doctors were surprised that he had survived the crash with such injuries. He sustained severe brain trauma and a collapsed lung. Aside from the severe fractures to his skull, and the collapsed lung, Bram did not have other injuries. From the very beginning, doctors made it clear that Bram would not be able to survive from his injuries. Paul and Case were in the Netherlands at the time of the crash and arrived in Milwaukee with Annemarie on Saturday evening. Tessa, Shari's family, and dozens of Bram and Shari's friends were by his side in the meantime.
On Saturday evening, Bram and Shari's families made the decision to start the process of organ donation. By 5:00pm on Sunday, an organ transplant team was set and the recipients were on stand by. At 5:30pm Bram was taken off life support. Bram was surrounded by our families until he peacefully passed 40 minutes later, without signs of struggle or discomfort. Bram and Shari are together again, which brings a lot of peace of mind.
Today we received a phone call that Bram was able to save 3 lives by means of donating his lungs and two kidneys. Shari was able to donate skin, heart valves, and her corneas.
Bram and Shari are together shining their light down upon Wesley and Charlotte.