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Howard Thomas Greene (August 9, 1950 – January 25, 2004)

To add to the seeming chaos that is my life right now, my dad died Sunday night. My dad had a car wreck in 1970 and it damaged his spinal cord. Unfortunately medicine in 1970 was not as good at treating spinal cord injuries as it is now, and dad had dealt with chronic medical problems for the the past 30 plus years.

On Dec 31, 2003 he went to the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center with an infection. It started as a bladder and kidney infection but soon moved to his heart causing cardiac arrest. After one cardiac event it took 20 minutes to revive him, which left dad brain dead and a vegetable. He was given little to no chance of recovery and died January 25 after life support was removed.

He will be buried Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 2:00 pm at Mountain Home National Cemetery near the VA Medical Center.

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