Friday, September 01, 2006

No Words!

Well I think this is the hardest thing I have ever had to type.

As some of you already know, our brave little princess could no longer fight and lost her battle with her disease at 3.50pm today.

Unfortunately last night her kidneys started to fail and then this morning they had again failed completely. Then in the afternoon she had another bleed filling her lung with blood. This bleed was the main cause for the Doctors to ask us to make the heartwrenching decision to take her off the ventilator (something I could not watch) but she is no longer in pain.

Thank you everyone for all your support (and I'm sure continued support) through this time in our lives.

I am to upset to type anymore.


Treezah said...

Mel, John, Josh and Teagan our deepest sypmathy to all of you. The little princess is now an angel in her own right, THinking of you all..
Tess and family

Tassie Deb said...

With the most sincerest condolences Mel, on the passing of your precious Princess Rani.

Hugs to all the family
TD and family

Chris Millar said...

I don't know what to say Mel. I'm devastated by this news. All our love to you and your family. Our deepest condolences.

Bev said...

oh Mel, there are just no words, I am so sorry to hear Rani lost her battle after putting up such a fight. My thoughts are with you and all your wonderful family at this sad time.

Melinda said...

I have been reading this blog and thinking of your family a lot. Such a sad time for you all. I will continue to pray for you all. Rani was such a precious little baby girl and such a brave baby. Thankyou for sharing your little daughters fight through this blog.

t-b-n said...

Our thoughts and love are with you.
Words are really hard to put across what your heart feels.
our hearts are with you now.

Jenelle said...


There are just no words I can say or type. Deepest sympathy to you, John, Josh and Teagan and all your extended family. Thank you for keeping us all up to date with it all on the BLOG, it was all very much appreciated and I am sure you still have all of our support.

Jenelle & boys

The Salisbury Family said...

Mel and family,
Words can not express the sorrow we feel for your family at the moment. Rani is at peace now, and in pain no longer. We are thinking of you and your family at this time.

LOve Joyce and family.

jacquij said...

oh my
our deepest sympathy to your whole family your all in our prayers

Penny Clifford said...

Your news brings me to tears. I am so sorry for your loss. Rani was truly loved and will be loved forever.


Leonie said...

O Mel, I have no words. deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this time. know that we are thinking of you all.
Love leonie and Kloe

Debbie Y said...

Mel, John, Josh and Teagan I can't believe that your gorgeous little girl has lost her battle, she fought so hard for so very long, I truly thought she would make it. My deepest condolences to you all, she is an angel that will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to you.

Sal :-) said...

Oh Mel, my deepest condolences and all my love to you, John & the kids.

Rani was such a beautiful little girl & I'm just so devestated for you that she's no longer her in flesh but now an Angel forever watching over you all.

All my love and you will always be here in my heart.

Love Sal xx

Lara said...

my heart, prayers and sadness are with you. You have been so brave and so has Rani, now she is at peace.

wendie said...

Mel,John, Josh and Teagan Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your darling little princess. Little Rani was such a little fighter and an inspiration to us all. Please take care of yourselves during this extremely hard time. All our love
Wendie, Darrell, Jack, Georgia, Thomas and Tazman Hume

Susan C said...

Words cannot express what I want to say but I am so sorry you had to make the hardest decision. My thoughts and prayers remain with you in the time ahead.

Alisha73 said...

Mel, John, Josh, Teagan and all your family. We are so so sorry to hear about Rani. I wished with all my heart that she could just stay the little fighter that she was. I really dont know what else to say, I sit here in tears trying to find the words....All our Love always Alisha, Trevor, Nathan and Caitlyn

Debbie B said...

Oh Mel, words cannot express how I feel on hearing that your precious little girl has lost her battle after fighting so hard. Our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. (((hugs)))

Debbie B, Graeme, Michael and Aaron.


Angelrat said...

I am so sorry to hear poor Rani did not make it, dear little lamb, hugs and deepest sympathy to you all.


David & Jacki said...

Mel & John,

There are no words that can be used at this sad time, only tears. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your angel in heaven.

Jacki & David

Chrissy said...

Sweetie you know how much we feel for you right now and that it's taken me two hours to even type this, but I just had to talk to you first for real, to let you know how so very sorry and upset we are for you, for John and for your kids. Our darling girl has fought so hard, may she be forever in peace, she is such and will always be a loved angel!

I'm not sure being this upset I'm making much sense love but you *know* our thoughts are with you all. God bless you!
Love Chrissy Michael Nick Em and Alex

Jenny said...

Mel, John, Teagan and Josh,

Rani was and always will be a beautiful little Princess.

I truly hope you can draw strength from all the support from everyone who know you, who don't know you (personally), and who YOU know.

Try to rest, take care and soak up the love the Angels bring..........

Sleep Sweet Little One........You were watched over by all of us, encouraged all the time to be strong and you tried so VERY hard.

Lots of love,


Kirsten De Forest said...

Mel, words cannot express what we are feeling. We are just thankful that your Princess is no longer in any pain - although that doesn't stop the tears flowing. Cal was even crying at work!

Love to you, John, Josh and Tegan.

I'm down next weekend. We'll have a cry together then.

Love and hugs,
Kirst, Cal and Ardyn

tracie said...

To all of your wonderful, supportive family I would like to send my deepest sympathy. I have followed your amazing journey and it was with extreme saddness that I read your blog tonight. To little precious Rani, may your eternal life as your families most precious guardian angle be one without pain, battles and saddness but be filled with happy, wondourous times.
Tracie and family

Cindy said...

Your family is in my prayers. I am so sorry.

Rachael said...

Our family cannot fathom the emotions you must be experiencing at the moment. Our deepest and sincere condolances go to you all. We are thinking of you. Rani put up such a fight and your family is to be admired for your continued strength. Mel, I send you all my love. Rach xoxoxo

t is for trackles said...

I don't know what to say Mel, thinking of you, John, Josh and Teagan at this time. Rani has been an inspiration to us all, as have you, and we have been honoured to watch her life through your layouts and blog.
With much love,
Tracey and family

Lee said...

Mel, John, Josh & Tegan,

Our thoughts are with you at this sad sad time. Princess Rani put up such a fight, you all are so brave.

Thinking of you through this hard and sad time.

Julie said...

our deepest condolances to you and john, our thoughts have been with you this long 12 months. she is now at peace.
all our love...
julie, ray, matt, cam, corey

Raechel said...

Oh Mel I was so sad when I checked

in to see how Rani's progress went

today... I pray for strength for

you and your family through this

awful loss but know that your

darling little Rani is no more

pain but is in heaven rejoicing.

All my love to you all.
Love Always,
Raechel xoxo

Michelle B said...

Oh Mel and John, Joshua and Teagan. I grieve with you. Your princess was a wonderful and unique little girl. I have not the words to give you comfort. I so wish I did. ((Hugs)) to you all.

Kathryn said...

Mel, John, Joshua, and Teagan...
As everyone has said, there are just no words we can use to ease your pain, but I hope that our love and thoughts provide you some comfort.
Your darling little girl was in the world such a short time, but she made an impact on so many people. It was devastating to read that her battle had come to an end this afternoon.
Love to all of your family.


Dearest Mel and family,
there are no words. Your brave little princess was such a fighter. She has touched so many people's lives in her very short time here on earth. People like us who have never even met any of you.

We're all thinking of you,
Heike, Andrew, Annika, Jake, Toby, Zazi, Rani and Mali Brennan

Kelley said...

Rani was such a beautiful little princess and she will forever be an angel to everyone who knew her and everyone who read this blog.
Hugs to you and all your family - Nothing we say will help your pain - but we are all thinking of you all.
Thankyou for sharing her story on your blog and i truly wish the outcome had been a happy one

Lynne said...

Dear Mel, John, Gail, Josh and Teagan,

Our family tonight is shocked and heartbroken to read this news about beautiful little Rani.

Mel, first of all, Shane and I want to thank you, again, for your generosity in making tonight's post. How you managed to put aside your own needs and make the time to write these most difficult words, is beyond us. But thankyou so very much for doing so, because we would not have wanted to hear about what has happened to Rani through anyone else.

Rani was very strong, and she withstood incredible challenges. You must be so very proud of her, always.

It has been a privilege for our family to have found out so much about your beautiful Rani, and for you to have shared her with all of us through your blog.

We will always remember your Rani. Our hearts go out to all of you.

Very sincerely,

Lynne, Shane, Rose, Lewis, Hannah and Mia

connie said...

Mel and Family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss..I have no words... except Princess Rani was such a beautiful little girl and a figher and she will always have a special place in my heart forever..
Hugs to you Mel and your family.. thinking of you guys always...
Love Connie, Mark, Keenan and Jorja..xxxxxxxx

lee woodside said...

Dear Mel and family,
You do not know me but my heart breaks for you at this time.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers

Sofi p said...

Mel, may flights of angels lay sweet Rani to her rest.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


nbeltane said...

to mel, john and family. i am so saddend to hear of your loss, thinking of you all at this time. may princess rani fly with the angels.

with much love,
Nicole Jack & angel Beltane

Stacy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Every time we lose one of our kids to this *?!# disease, my heart breaks.

Prayers for your family during this difficult time...may sweet Rani be pain-free and joyous while playing with our other angel liver kids.

Hugs and prayers -
Stacy from Liver Families

Jen said...

The collective hearts of the Liver Families community go out to you. We'll never forget your precious Rani.

Deepest sympathy and very large virtual hugs to your entire family.

Jen from Liver Families
mom of Grace & Meghan

justdawn said...

I am coming out of lurk to wish you and your family my most heartfelt condolences. I can not even begin to imagine your pain...

You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Karianna said...

Prayers, hugs, and sympathy.

DenimAngel said...

Mel & family,
Sending our heartfelt sympathies. I am just devastated to hear your little princess Rani is gone but know that she is now flying free with the angels. I don't know what else to say, just look after yourselves and will be thinking of you often.
Susan & Martin, Jacob, Patrick, Caleb, Thomas, Ethan & Ashton.

Peta..xx said...

Oh Mel,
my heart breaks for you and your family..
i still just cant comprehend what has happened...
i am so sorry for your loss of little miss Rani, hugs, prayers & love to you all..
take care, thinking of you,
love from the Eyeington family..xx

Moreena said...

I am just so sorry. I wish there were more I could say. I'm only so very sorry.

katrina said...

My prayers have been with Princess Rani and your family and will continue to be. Sorry for your loss of such a beautiful girl and know that we are all thinking of you

Robyn said...

All of our hearts go out to you all. Our sincere sympathy in such a dreadful time for you all. Words fail me as I type this and know that is nothing compared to what you are going through.
Please know that we are thinking and deeply care about you all.
Robyn, Simon, Amanda, Ellen and Benjamin

Audrey said...

Oh Mel, I am so sorry. She was such a little fighter and such a beautiful little girl. We, too, have lost a child so I know some of what you are feeling though ours was 21 and did not suffer like you little Princess .... my thoughts are very much with you and your family

parkyslot said...

Dear Mel John Josh and Teagan

Well I have justed checked the blog and sitting here in tears.
Not really knowing you or your brave family except for this blog....

My heart goes out to you Mel, and family and Princess Rani is now at peace. I cant even imagine how hard this must be for you all.
Rani was such a beautiful little girl her memory through your layouts and blog will stay will you and the rest of us forever.

I know having a loss myself of just some of that emotion.
So Mel and family our thoughts and prayers are still with you for the time ahead. I hope you can take some of the love and wishes and know we all care deeply for you and your family.

Lynn (Parky) Steve Sarah and Craig xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Michelle M said...


How very softly you tiptoed into our world. Almost silently.
Only a moment you stayed.
But what an imprint your tiny footprints have left upon our hearts.

Sleep in peace darling Angel, you have fought a hard battle, now it's time to rest.

Mel, John, Teagan & Josh, there are no words to describe the pain you are all feeling right now, but please know in your heart that we are all here if you should ever need. My prayers are with you all, you are all in my hearts.

Love and prayers
Michelle, Alex, Jamie, Kristian, Bryce & Danica. xoxoxoxo

Shazz said...

i have followed your sweet girl's progress through your blog and i was so saddened to read of her passing last night.
the fact that her brave fight to live has touched so many lives will remain a fitting tribute to rani and to the strength and courage of your family.
please know that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many people at this difficult time.

fly free with the angels dear rani.

shazz pratten

Anitsirhc said...

I am sooo sooo sooo sorry for your loss. You dont know me, but I am praying for you all. Im so sorry. Soo so sorry.

TracyWyldman said...

Mel and family, my deepest heartfelt condolenses to you all. What a precious little girl Rani was and may she fill your hearts and thoughts forever. I know no words will ease your pain but from reading all these message here you have many people sending you their very best wishes, and please include mine in there.

May time ease your pain and be replaced by special cherrished memories or your sweet princess

Take Care & (((((HUGGLES)))))
Tracy x

Marty Perry said...

you guys are truly amazing. Our deepest thoughts of love and sadness and admiration for your strength today. The somber vibe on 5 west is heart felt as we miss your little darling Rani. Lots of love. Marty.

Justine said...

Mel & John,

Your princess touched so many hearts. Hopefully this sad and incredibly painful experience can highlight the need for organ donation, and Rani's fight can have some positive effect.

Our thoughts are with you, and your family. Know that your Princess is well loved, and will forever be remembered.

Justine xxx

my3anklebitters said...

Dear Mel John Teagan and Josh,
Words cant express the pain you must feel right now.
It doesnt seem fair that such a beautiful family has had to go through a heartbreaking 12 months and 1 week and to loss princess RANI.
Rani has touched the lives and hearts of so many (including mine)I will always treaure that memory.
But to let you guys know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we are sending all our love to you all.
Love Rebecca (daughter of jacki and david)& Grant Stapleton xxxx

Dear Baby Rani
So fly little Angel,
So softly above,
Forever in our hearts,
We will hold your love,
Fly little Angel til we meet again.
Love always Tyler Riley and Jye Stapleton xxxx

Beck said...

my thoughts are with you and your family as always XXX

Kylie BB said...

Mel, there are no right words to say at a time like this.

Your beautiful Princess is now at peace, having brought so much love to so many people.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Much Love

Kylie, Matt, Georgia and Drayton

Amber McAlpine said...

You and your family are in my thoughts Mel.

Michelle Perry said...

Mel and Family

My most heartfelt condolonces on the loss of Rani.

Thinking of you

Rhiannon said...

Rani was one amazing little fighter. All any of us could of asked for from her was that she fought as hard as she could, and she certainly did. I will miss not seeing Miss Rani every day, but now there is no more pain and discomfort, and she is at peace.

Thinking of you Mel, John, Teagan and Josh, and the rest of your amazing family.

I thankyou for all the time that you allowed us to share with Rani.

Lots of Love, Rhiannon xxoo

Miss you Rani xxoo

kathie said...

Mel, I saw the sad news on the Boxx. I'm so so sorry to hear of Rani's passing. What a beautiful, brave little girl. You and your family are all in my thoughts tonight.

kateandjona said...

Words cannot express ... I'm so very sorry.

Catherine said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl.

Laurie said...

Mel and family,

You all remain in my prayers as you begin this new, and unwanted, journey. Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your sweet Rani.

Prayers and love to you all now, as always.

susan j said...

Oh Mel I am so sorry to hear this news!! My thoughts are with you and your family. Although I never knew Rani I feel like I've got to "know" her through this blog. She was such a fighter. I really thought she would pull through. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Liz said...

So sorry to hear this, no words will comfort you right now, our thoughts & prayers continue for you and your family....

Liz Beamish (mum to Daniel, 2yrs BA- Liver Families)

Shirls said...

mel and family,

i'm so sorry for your loss. there is nothing i can say to make it alright because it is not alright. my thoughts are with you and your family right now.


Kylie said...

mel and family,
i haven't dropped by your blog before until today, nonetheless was brought to tears by your post... was apprehensive about posting a message but wanted to express how sorry i am for your loss of your little angel. may she remain in your hearts forever...
warm and kind thoughts being sent to you through this difficult time.

Ali :-) said...


I'm so, so, so sorry :( Words can't express...

Sending my prayers to you and your family

Amanda M said...

I'm so so sorry to hear this words, but know that your family is in the hearts and prayers of families all over the world.

prayers to all...
AmandaM, aunt to katie, age 8, BA, kasai, Portland, Oregon

scrappinallie said...

Dear Mel and family

I have followed your beautiful Rani's brave fight through this blog and I am so, so sorry to read of her passing.

Please know that although there are so many of us that don't personally know you, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this indescribable time.

Allie Collyer

The Arthur Family said...

Our deepest sympathy for your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.. if there is anything we can do.. let us know


lusi said...

On behalf of my whole family, I send my deepest sympathy. Your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry. Thank you for sharing your special Rani's life with us.
Lusi x

Tara said...

I only found your blog this week through Moreena (the Wait and the Wonder, at I am so, so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.

Sue Jones said...

Oh Mel, I have no words to say to you. I sat down this morning to blog surf and catch up on news and found the news about little Rani. I have tears pouring down my face as I write this. My heart is just breaking for you and your family.
She truly was a special little girl who touched many, many lives. I am sending the biggest cyber hugs to you at this time.

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