“Iron Man” will not be forgotten.
Jared Stogryn, the young man the Times-Review first introduced Johnson County to five years ago, passed away at a Dallas hospital on Sunday. He was 18.
Known for his luck, humor and never-give-up attitude, Jared’s life will be celebrated by friends and family at 10:30 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church.
Jared, who had his first open-heart surgery at 7 months old, developed a host of problems after his last surgery — his seventh — on Nov. 20.
He was able to go home from the hospital to spend several days and Christmas with his family, but was re-admitted Dec. 26 with elevated liver enzymes and high white blood cell counts. Two days later, Jared was moved to ICU and doctors discovered an infection in his bloodstream.
“We really thought that by Sunday night we’d see a turnaround because he would have been on the medication for 48 hours then,” said close family friend Margie Dunckel. “Sunday morning he coded, and we got him back. Again, we thought, he’s OK. And then he coded a second time that afternoon and we got him back. We knew he was sick, but Jared’s been on the ‘no coming back point’ before. So, no, I don’t think any of us really felt that this was really it. He was just too weak.”
But despite all the setbacks life threw at him Jared was always a fighter — even nicknamed Iron Man for his recent Left Ventricular Assist Device implant — and remained one until he was gone, Dunckel said.
Family and friends on the Jared Stogryn Updates Facebook page shared stories of memories of Jared.
Many said they’ll remember how easy Jared was to love, his smile, sense of humor and especially, his streak of luck. Doctors didn’t know how long he would live after birth and making it to 18 through so many open-heart surgeries was nothing short of a miracle, Dunckel said.