Local Woman’s Death Leaves Family With Mounting Expenses
The day before she died in October after a lifetime of serious medical issues, a dying Samantha O’Gorman shared a concern in her final words to her sister.
“What’s wrong? I don’t want you sad,” Samantha said.
The Forty Fort woman died the next day. She was only 28.
Samantha fought illness after illness, setback after setback, throughout her life yet always had a smile on her face, her mother Sandra Bass said.
Samantha’s health problems included fluid on the brain, chronic lung disease, blood clots, epilepsy, abdominal cysts, memory loss, vision impairment and eventually total mobility loss. She endured more than 200 surgeries.
“Samantha would always say it, and I would repeat it, people should appreciate every day of their life and not take even a moment of their breath for granted,” Bass said. “Even with everything she went through, she always picked up the pieces. She still put on that smile. She never complained of pain after all these horrific surgeries.”
Samantha’s family now is thanking all who helped during her long journey. They also are trying to raise money for all the expenses they incurred, including her funeral. They set up a fund at gofundme.com. To donate, search for Samantha’s name.
Samantha’s father, Wendell, and her two sisters, Jamie and Suzanne, were her paid, full-time caregivers through the Pennsylvania independence waiver program.
“She needed so much care. If was basically a round-the-clock type job,” said Bass, who is disabled with her own health problems.
When Samantha was hospitalized from March to September, they no longer were paid to be caregivers. But the expenses continued.
In a letter to The Citizens’ Voice, Samantha’s family thanked a long list of people and organizations who helped Samantha over the years. One of them was Dr. Mark S. Dias, her neurosurgeon for 18 years.
Bass lamented the fact that near the end of Samantha’s life, Dias told her there was nothing else he could do to prolong Samantha’s life.
“He never thought he’d say those words, but he said he couldn’t do any more for her,” Bass said.
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To donate to Samantha O’Gorman’s funeral fund, visit gofundme.com and search for her name.