Brave store manager Vanessa Ogden dies
A Clackamas Town Center store manager and mother of two who was in the mall during the Dec. 11 shooting, and was later diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, has died.
Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Ogden was taken off life support at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Friday afternoon, surrounded by family and friends, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her recovery. Ogden, a store manager at Justice Clothing, was in intensive care after going into respiratory arrest Wednesday and losing all brain function.
A week after the Clackamas shooting, Ogden, who was seven-months pregnant with her second daughter, suddenly began to become unresponsive, stopped talking and could barely walk. Shortly after, she was checked into a hospital, where doctors discovered that she had suffered 60 to 70 mini-strokes.
Ogden was still able to give birth to her second daughter in late December. The new mother had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and was undergoing chemotherapy, until Wednesday, when she lost all brain function. The choice was made Friday to take her off life support.
The family posted this on their Facebook page:
At 2:26 PM on February 15th 2013 Vanessa Michele Ogden left this world to be with our creator. She was surrounded by her family and closest friends as the ventilator was removed. Two pastors from Doug and Vanessa's church led us in prayer as many tears were shed. The love that was in the room was so strong you could reach out and grab it. It is exactly what Vanessa would have wanted. She was one of the most incredible people I knew. Her family, her friends, her husband and her daughters will live on her legacy and she will never ever be forgot. This story is not over as this family needs every bit of prayer and support you can offer. Details of the memorial will be posted here soon. Thank you from Doug, family and friends.