A 13-year-old boy named Peyton West has been battle medical issues all his life, and tragically, right when he was on his way to school, his battle ended.
A 13-year-old boy in Ohio had waged war against the medical issues that had plagued his body for years, but this week, his battles suddenly ended. Thursday was a happy day in Goshen, as Peyton West smiled as his photo was taken before heading off to school. But on the way there, his body finally gave out.
Peyton struggled from birth with medical problems thanks to a hypoplastic left heart syndrome that resulted in three open-heart surgeries before turning 5, so it’s a miracle that he saw as many years as he did. On Thursday, as he headed to the school after the above photo was taken, he turned to his father and said he felt something was wrong.
He was sent to Children’s Hospital, where he passed at 10:45 a.m. Friends and family will hold a prayer vigil in honor of young Peyton West.
“Peyton was truly a joy to everyone’s path he crossed, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family,” Goshen Local Schools superintendent Darrell Edwards said according to a WCPO report.
His obituary is as follows: “Peyton James West, beloved son of Corey and Melissa (Nee Ogle) West, dear brother of Ethan and Nolan West, loving grandson of Bob and Jennifer West, Steven Ogle I and Melinda Turner, great-grandson of Janice Bergman and the late James West, Gene and the late Judith Turner, the late Robert and Catherine Ogle, the late Jeanette and Melvin Moore cherished great nephew of John Ogle, Kevin (Jean) Moore, Mitchel (Diane) Moore, Robert (Margaret) Ogle, Kathy (Bob) Ward, Michael (Annie) West, Lynne (Shaun) Layne, Scott (Rhonda) West, caring nephew of Carrie (Shaun) Gillespie, Amber Mullins, Steven (Kellie) Ogle II, Sean Hensley, Nehemiah (Ronna) Hensley, Caleb Hensley, Leslie Ogle, Jemetrius Richardson, Jasmine McCarthy, Jayda and Jayden Ogle. He is also survived by dozens of cousins who Peyton held near and dear to his heart.”