~ In Loving Memory of
Christopher Ronald Faller
May 7, 1990 - March 24, 1998 ~

Christopher had a successful heterotopic, or piggyback, heart transplant on Oct. 8,1997. He was born May 7, 1990 and was sick all his life
with severe restrictive cardiomyopathy and secondary pulmonary hypertension.
But, other than that,
Christopher seemed healthy and just kept getting happier and
happier with life. Our beautiful blond-haired, brown-eyed boy
lifted his head, rolled over, crawled, walked and talked
just like any other child. We decided to put off the transplant
as long as he was doing okay. He was definitely our miracle
child. He refused to give in to the heart disease. He was the
joy of our lives. But you would never have known he
was sick just looking at him or talking with him.

For a short time after the successful surgery, Christopher finally found out
how much energy a normal 7-year-old can have.
By Christmas, he was running up and down the stairs with
his cousins and making plans for the future, the first time
he had done either in his entire short life. We thought now,
finally, he'd be able to lead a normal life.

When Christopher came home after recovering from the surgery, the hospital
sent us home with the booklet they give to all heart transplant patients' parents.
On page 19 of this booklet is a
three-paragraph description of the horrible disease that killed
our son: it is called post-transplant lymphoproliferative
disease, or PTLD. The booklet says it "occurs in only
a small number of transplant recipients", and the booklet
doesn't give a death rate. PTLD is triggered by
Epstein-Barr Virus, a common virus in humans that causes
mononucleosis. In some transplant patients, such as poor Christopher,
the virus can cause tumors to grow in different
organs of the body.

The donated heart, unfortunately, carried the virus. Christopher had never been
exposed to it, so he didn't have any
pre-existing antibodies with which to fight the virus.
By January 19, he was back in Children's Hospital for
treatment of his PTLD.

To treat it, they stop the patient's anti-rejection drugs. But soon
Christopher was breathing too fast -- his heart biopsy showed
that he was rejecting the donor heart. He had to take steroids
if he was to fight off both the rejection and the viral disease.
The doctors decided to do a lung biopsy to determine
if it was truly PTLD in his lungs, but something went wrong
with the procedure. On February 3rd, they lost
Christopher's pulse and his two hearts then stopped beating --
but he was resuscitated and seemed to be okay.

Christopher was given his first course of chemotherapy to
kill the large PTLD tumors growing in his chest, and he
seemed to be getting better. Then one night, in a panic,
he told my husband he couldn't breathe.

The next night, I had to listen to Christopher pleading not to be
put back on the ventilator. But I could tell he was struggling
for air and had to persuade him that he needed help
with his breathing. I thought I was saving him.

So then Christopher said, "Okay, Mommy." Those were the
last clear words that we ever heard him say. Because the
breathing tube made talking impossible, and he had to be
heavily sedated so he wouldn't fight the tube.

On March 10th, Christopher's two hearts stopped again; he
fought back again but ended up on a heart/lung machine.
And then, they started more chemotherapy, along with a
fungal infection, kidney failure and dialysis. His last CT Scan
showed that his lungs were solid with virus-induced tumors.

Then, on March 24th, Christopher's hearts beat out their unique rhythm for the last time,
falling silent at 12:03 a.m. To his intense relief,
my husband was by his side at that very
moment. He was afraid that Christopher's spirit would come
out of his body and look around and ask "Where's my Daddy?"

Before I had left the hospital that night, I had told Christopher
that I was very proud of him and that I loved him very much,
and I wanted him to come home and play with his Legos.

This is a beautiful and loving gift from Christine, mum to Angel Deborah.

On March 27th, Christopher's funeral mass was celebrated at
St. Sebastian Church. His second-grade classmates and
student council members attended and the children's choir
sang. After the mass, we went outside to find about
200 students lined up along the driveway, forming a kind of
honor guard. It was absolutely beautiful and incredibly quiet.
What a loving tribute to our special little Christopher!

And here's my tribute that I'd like to include
for my courageous little boy:
Angel Christopher

The life of one person cannot be measured in time
The impact of a life cut so short should be shared with all
So we can help those left behind heal their broken hearts
Time will be what is needed now --
to remember Christopher --
As a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, student, friend
Christopher was a special someone to each
and every one of us
His memory will be with us for always
Each one of us has been touched in someway by Christopher
His rosy cheeks that held the laughter of a happy child
His courage as a fighter
Or his hidden strength for someone so young
A life taken from us much too soon
When we remember Christopher these thoughts come to mind
We should be thankful for the time
that Christopher blessed our lives
And know he is at peace now....
And forever in our thoughts and in our hearts

Written by my cousin Tina, and she read this at
Christopher's funeral mass.

These photos above are of Tina with Christopher when he was just an infant.
I couldn't find any more recent photos to include just yet...

Ron's book, For The Love Of Christopher, has been published! If you are interested in purchasing a copy,
please either click on the picture above or the link button below.

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This is a wonderful and loving gift from Patti, Mom to Angel Dustin.

This is also from Patti and her Angel Dustin. Please visit her very special Thanksgiving web page ~
Thanksgiving Angel Gathering

This very special gift with Christopher and so many of our Angels is from my friend Marie.
You can visit her website for her son Rob here ~ Rob Northrop's Site.

The two images above are gifts from my friend Dawn.

This wonderful "desk" is a gift from Laurie's Mom.


This wonderful Christmas tag for Christopher is a loving gift
from my dear friend, Joyce.

The beautiful angel wings picture of Christopher above and the locket below
are both gifts from my sweet friend, Gennie.

Robbie Smith Memorial

In Loving Memory of Dennis Lowery

I wanted to get your Thanksgiving gift out early for those of you that are making Thanksgiving pages....
Thank the Lord I got mine finished last month....
I hope your all doing well and thanks for being a part of my life.....
love and light

Jason's Thanksgiving Web Page

Joey's Index

My Angel Carliser

Somethings for you from your angel.....
Love and Light, Susie

Jason's Home Page

Wishing you a beautiful and peaceful mother's day.
As we know how hard this day is for us.
Love and hugs.
Love you, Carol, mom to My Angel Michael

These three beautiful Mother's Day gifts are from my friend Marie.
You can visit her website for her son Rob here ~Rob Northrop's Site.

The four images above are wonderful Easter gifts from Saralyn.

And these are five loving Easter gifts from Susie.

Easter Blessings from my angels to yours.
Love, Gina.

These are two beautiful and loving Easter gifts to Christopher from my friend Carol, mom to Angel Michael.

These three lovely Easter gifts are also from my friend Marie.

These two lovely images above are Easter gifts to Christopher from my dear friend Ann.

This is a loving Easter gift from Sheila, Mom to Angel Carliser.

And these are two Easter gifts to Christopher from my dear friend Cindy Jo, mama to Angel Michelle.

These are two lovely Easter gifts from Lynn, Mom to Angel Ken

Attaching a little gift for the holiday. I pray you all have a blessed and peaceful Easter. God bless.
lots of love,
Judi, Andrew's Mom

Andrew My Son

Dear Maria: A small gift for you and Angel Christopher for Easter. God bless you dear friend.
Karen Lyn Jenkins, Mother of An Angel with Pink Wings

Geoffrey P. Edwards

Wishing you all a Very Happy Easter!
Love and hugs! to All!

Dustin ~ Always and Forever See Your Smile 2009

Dearest Maria
I know Easter is definitely not the best for any of you, but I do want to send you my Easter gift.
I will be thinking very much of all of you.

In Loving Memory of Lee Henry Aguilera

This banner is a gift from Doris.

If you do not have a web page for your Angel and you think
you would like me to help you to create one, please visit this page ~
Memorial Pages By Christopher's Mommy

Click on the wonderful Christmas gift below from Ann to visit Christopher's Christmas Page ~

Click on the Birthday Award below to visit Christopher's Birthday Page ~

This web page is created in loving memory
of Christopher Faller on November 9, 2000.
Last updated February 24, 2016
2000 - 2016

Read more about our beautiful and courageous angel boy
by clicking on either of the buttons below...

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by clicking on the button below...

To light a candle for Angel Christopher, please click on the link below ~

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Dear "Graphics Girl" - I really don't know how to thank you for
making the background set and framing Christopher's pictures and
just all the graphics you made for this page....... I sure couldn't
have done anything so nice without all your wonderful help!!!!!!
Muchas gracias, forever and ever!!!
And a huge thank you to my bestest buddy Rosemary for correcting the date
on Christopher's main picture too!

Please leave a message for Christopher
in his Guestbook below.
Thank you!

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