Twelve-year IBEW member Ricardo V Perez, who works as a tool repairer for SMUD, is reeling from an unexpected and devastating tragedy. His 18-year-old daughter, Jennifer, suffered head trauma after falling from her bicycle.She was taken to the hospital where she was expected to get better, but she quickly slipped into a coma and was later pronounced brain dead.
“We decided we could not let her die at such a young age. We made the decision to donate her organs so she can live on through others,” according to Perez. “Our hearts broke as we said our final goodbyes. We talked to her and sang to her, holding on to the belief that she can hear us tell her how much we loved her even in her unconscious state.”
Jennifer was passionate about animals. She participated in horse therapy, brought home 12 stray dogs over the years, and wanted to work as a canine rescuer when she grew up.
“Before Jennifer slipped into a coma, one of the last wishes she made was to have another dog,” said Perez. “We believe our daughter is in Heaven surrounded by all the puppies and doggies she could ever want.”
Perez and his family could use support during this difficult time. Please contribute what you can and leave a message for the family using the GoFundMe link below.