Jessica Michelle Elkins

Heaven Bound December 26, 2007


They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31


Jess's story was much  like others that have passed away from Meningitis:
Jessica was fine on Friday morning, and went to school ( 9Th grade ) and took a final exam. After the test she and my oldest daughters boyfriend went out to lunch. She did not even get to eat and she started filling sick. She came home and called us. Her Mom came home early, and took her to the doctor, where they said she had the FLU, and they sent her back home. Friday night she was still sick at her stomach, and felling real bad, but no temp. We called the doctor back, and said to cut off her liquids, because that was what was making her sick, and to let the flu run it's coarse. I got up with her several times in the night, checking on her. I left for work early Saturday morning. I was looking for a present she had ordered for her boyfriend, Fed-x was going to deliver it to the office. My wife called me at 9:30 AM and said that when she went to check on Jessica, she pulled back the sheets, and saw little drop spots all over her. I rushed home, and as soon as I got home we put her in the van, and headed to Decatur general Hospital. We called ahead to let the doctor know we were coming and to have the hospital have a room waiting on her. When we got to the hospital , they took us right on back to a room, and they hooked up an IV to give her fluids. When the doctor got there he examined her, and very quickly called me out, and said he thought she had meningitis, and that he had already contacted Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. They sent a helicopter to Decatur, and picked her up.

 When we got to Children's, we were meet by the doctor there, and he said they  were treating her for the worse meningitis, because she was so sick, they did not want to put her through the spinal tap, and if this was not worse case, it would not hurt her. the doctor there was very honest and told us, that this does kill children, but because we got her there so quickly, that would help. Each day we would hold on to any signs of improvement, and with each improvement, would be a set back.

On Dec 26, 2007 we were in with her, and the nurse checked her eyes, and he ran and got the doctor. Soon after that, test were ran to only come back that she was brain dead , due to the swelling in her brain.
They let all of her fiends say good bye, and the family had there time, and her mother and I stayed with her, when they took her off the breathing machine. No parent should have to go through that. She was a healthy, young 9Th grade cheerleader, and she is my baby girl. She was going to get the meningitis shot in March, that's when her yearly check up was due.


I'm not sure if the shot would have avoided this or not, but please check with your doctor, and see if the shot is for you child. I do not want anymore parents to have to go through what we have gone through. Christmas will never be the same for our family, or her friends. You can look Jessica story up on the computer, just goggle Jessica Elkins, she was loved by ALL !!  I love you baby !!! Dad 



By Celine Dion

Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven's love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem'ry bittersweet
Until we meet

Fly, fly do not fear
Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don't wait for me
Above the universe you'll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But I won't forget

Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light