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It was 846 pm The doctor put the key into the life support machineand flipped a switch And that was it My grandfather laid there with atube hanging out of his mouth lifeless The only sound was the cryingof my family as I brushed the tears off my face and hugged my mother Mygrandfather was a great man He was nice sincere intelligent funnyand boy could he tell a story He had a great white beard an extra 100pounds and looked exactly like Santa Claus He even volunteered everyyear to play Santa Claus at different orphanages around Austin He had asolution to every problem an answer to every question and a story forevery day of his life He was the greatest man Ive ever known and thebiggest influence of my lifeA week earlier we were all gathered at my grandparents house for dinnerIt was just like any other night there filled with good food familyand the latest gossip of the people around town My grandfather ofcourse being the center of attention with his many jokes and amazingsometimes far fetched tales from his youth I was too busy shovingdelicious barbeque into my mouth to hear my grandpa complain of astomach ache hed had for a couple of days He was sure it was nothingthoughTwo days later he collapsed from a ruptured colon and was rushed to thehospital where they performed emergency surgery and patched him up goodas new He was a strong man surviving testicular cancer three heartattacks and two open heart surgeries he was supposed to bounce rightback The surgery went well and for the next couple of days my sisterand I were up at the hospital giving him company and listening to himcomplain about not being able to eat real food I still remember thecold hallways that smelled of oxygen and the endless beeps of theelectrocardiograph machines that made me cringe It looked like it was going to be a speedy recovery until I
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