I am terribly saddened to share the news that Charlotte (Charlie) Gilbert passed away. Charlie recently underwent a double organ transplant at Duke University after battling Pulmonary Hypertension for quite some time, and she suffered some serious complications following her operation.
With Brian firmly by her side supporting her every day, Charlie bravely persevered through her diagnosis and was a fighter until the end.
Charlie was an awesome, caring, funny, fun, loving, human being. I will always remember her sense of humor and wit when I think about her, and I am heartbroken that I won’t be able to be in her company again.
Throughout her battle, Brian has been sharing regular updates about her progress. His Facebook page was pretty much the first website I visited each morning to check on Charlie’s progress. I know there are hundreds of other people who had the same morning routine since even before Charlie’s surgery. The huge outpouring of support and camaraderie from Charlie and Brian’s network is a tribute to their kindness.
In lieu of a funeral, I understand there will be a celebration of Charlie’s life at some point in the future.
If you want to honor the beautiful life of Charlie, I am sure her family would encourage all of us to register as an organ donor to possibly save the life of someone else in the future. If you want to share a story about Charlie or share your condolences with her family and friends, Brian shared a public update on Facebook and you can post there. You are also welcome to share any sentiments in the comment section here.
Rest in peace, Charlie. You are already missed.