Dan Mountain, with a Type A work ethic, was a creative legend in the advertising world. His reputation spanned from the East Coast to the West Coast and even to the Orient. He was a genius with words; it was a gift.
In June 2003 at the age of 58, Dan suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. His daughter found him upstairs at home barely breathing, not moving, unconscious. Rushed to UCLA Hospital in Westwood in a serious “code blue” state, doctors told his wife, Dorothy, he had a zero chance of recovering. If he did survive, his prognosis would be life in a nursing home without the ability to ever breathe on his own. Proof was in the results of the CAT Scan; Dorothy “should” let her Dan go. “But”… Dorothy wondered: “how can I let him go; we have a 6-year-old daughter. Have they (the doctors) done everything? What will become of our 6 year-old daughter and me?”
Intervention was NOT recommended as it would result in a life of great hardship and sorrow. Dorothy asked one doctor: “If he was your brother what would you do?” The doctor replied: “I would let him go.”
Dorothy’s mother, who passed away the previous year, was a role model as a wife and mother. She devoted her life to taking care of a daughter born with down syndrome and her husband in the later years. As Dorothy was about to meet again with the doctors she felt the overwhelming presence of her mother. “That presence” was Dorothy’s inspiration to take care of Dan against all odds and to walk in the self-less footsteps of her mother whom she so admired.
The doctors agreed to surgery; Dorothy believes to give her a little more time with Dan. After twenty-one days in a coma and when she finally caved in to all the pleas to take him off of life support, Dan woke up! He said: “please tell my wife I love her.”
Prayers Work … to be continued