If I die
In preparing these articles, The
Sun relied on medical records, R.J.'s
personal journals and interviews with
family, friends, physicians, teachers
The Sun received permission from R.J., his mother, Michele Voigt, and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to be present during the last four weeks of R.J.'s life, except, at his mother's request, his death.
Most of the events described in this series were witnessed by the reporter and photographer. In addition, 15 families who have lost children, as well as more than 70 health care professionals, were interviewed.
Part 1 of 4: Never Give Up
Part 2 of 4: The Angels are Coming
Part 3 of 4: Final Choices
No one knew why the boy started shimmying, going for the corners of his hospital bed. R.J. Voigt was suddenly restless, agitated. The 12-year-old kept calling out for his mom. But he didn't seem to know what he wanted. She kept asking the doctors, "Is this a sign?" Read more .../span>
Part 4 of 4: Aftershocks
The list seemed too long for one person to read, so the small group took turns. They stood round a table in a hushed conference room that December night a year ago. The grieving parents were far from the hospital, but as the wind and rain blew outside, the people who had looked after their children called out the names. Read more .../span>
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