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9Ball_JJ
05-05-2009, 01:58 PM
My good friend Ray Obriant, who has been a pool player in the North Texas area for years, is very ill with heart problems. Heís had a long history of heart problems, and has been in and out of the hospital for the past year. He was recently released from the hospital on Easter Sunday, only to return with complications the following Friday and has been on life support ever since that day. As of 12:00pm today, the decision was made to take him off of life support. He is breathing very little on his own, and doctors donít give him very long to be with us.

Iíll keep you informed with any information that I know of, once I get to the hospital....

Please say a little prayer...

Big Perm
05-05-2009, 02:02 PM
Thoughts and prayers amigo....

tom mcgonagle
05-05-2009, 02:51 PM
Hope things wok out for the best. My thoughts and prayers, are with Ray and his family.

Vahmurka
05-05-2009, 03:49 PM
praying with you

McKinneyMiner
05-05-2009, 04:13 PM
Ray is a good guy...

I'm praying for him...

frankwhite
05-05-2009, 04:39 PM
Prayer sent my friends......

Frankie

akaTrigger
05-05-2009, 04:49 PM
Ray is one of those guys that after you meet him, you think about him later that night and say to yourself, "what a great, friendly guy."

My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family and I am VERY saddened to hear this news about our dear friend.

JoeyA
05-05-2009, 05:05 PM
My good friend Ray Obriant, who has been a pool player in the North Texas area for years, is very ill with heart problems. Heís had a long history of heart problems, and has been in and out of the hospital for the past year. He was recently released from the hospital on Easter Sunday, only to return with complications the following Friday and has been on life support ever since that day. As of 12:00pm today, the decision was made to take him off of life support. He is breathing very little on his own, and doctors donít give him very long to be with us.

Iíll keep you informed with any information that I know of, once I get to the hospital....

Please say a little prayer...

Prayer sent. Consider having a pastor spend some time with him.

JoeyA

Firecracker
05-05-2009, 05:13 PM
Juan asked me to log on and give an update since I was on a computer while we were chatting.

Ray is currently in ICU. For those of you who know Ray, the family is keeping a blog with current updates on his status. It can be viewed at http://www.obriantclan.blogspot.com/

SnakePool
05-05-2009, 06:56 PM
I played on a team in SWEL with Ray, it saddens me that I won't see him anymore.

9Ball_JJ
05-05-2009, 07:19 PM
Ok everyone....here's an update.

I just got back from the hospital and chatted with the entire family. This was the first time that I had met any of his family, yet they all knew who I was and knew all about me. Ray had apparently told them about my pool playing and my recent play in the BCA state tournament.

Anywho...the prognosis isn't good. Ray is in a coma and he had been on life support since last week. He had a fever of 107* and the doctors said that the fever killed the living parts of his body, and started to "fry his brain." (Their words, not mine) The family took the weekend to make a decision about Ray, and at 12:15 pm today, Ray was taken off of life support. Doctors gave him only a few hours to live, but he's still with us as I type this. He's always been a fighter, and it's showing!!!

His kidneys weren't working when he was taken off of life support, and the staff put him on dialysis. Now, his kidneys are working again, and he's breathing a little better as well. Everyone has hope, but trying to be realistic as well. Now it's up to the Big Guy upstairs.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers everyone!! I consider Ray a good friend, and I was always the first one he called when he was "visiting the hospital." It hurt me so much to see him there, not responding to anyone and not being able to talk to me about the local pool scene. I'm hoping for the best, but I don't want him to live on with such a low quality of life. :(

akaTrigger
05-05-2009, 07:34 PM
ok everyone....here's an update.

I just got back from the hospital and chatted with the entire family. This was the first time that i had met any of his family, yet they all knew who i was and knew all about me. Ray had apparently told them about my pool playing and my recent play in the bca state tournament.

Anywho...the prognosis isn't good. Ray is in a coma and he had been on life support since last week. He had a fever of 107* and the doctors said that the fever killed the living parts of his body, and started to "fry his brain." (their words, not mine) the family took the weekend to make a decision about ray, and at 12:15 pm today, ray was taken off of life support. Doctors gave him only a few hours to live, but he's still with us as i type this. He's always been a fighter, and it's showing!!!

His kidneys weren't working when he was taken off of life support, and the staff put him on dialysis. Now, his kidneys are working again, and he's breathing a little better as well. Everyone has hope, but trying to be realistic as well. Now it's up to the big guy upstairs.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers everyone!! I consider ray a good friend, and i was always the first one he called when he was "visiting the hospital." it hurt me so much to see him there, not responding to anyone and not being able to talk to me about the local pool scene. I'm hoping for the best, but i don't want him to live on with such a low quality of life. :(

:( :( :(

Bamacues
05-05-2009, 08:02 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to your friend.

Joe

gregoryg
05-05-2009, 08:07 PM
Very sad news indeed. Hoping for the best for your fiend and for him to suffer as little as possible.

pwd72s
05-06-2009, 01:01 AM
Very sad news indeed. Hoping for the best for your fiend and for him to suffer as little as possible.

My sincere dittos...gregory said it well.

9Ball_JJ
05-06-2009, 06:49 AM
At about 12:45am, Ray finally got too tired to continue his fight and passed away. He’s going to be missed by a lot of people, and I know he made quite an impression on a lot of people as well. Somehow, I know he probably already managed to find a pool hall in the sky. :)

Thank you to everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for the thoughts and prayers.

And to the local players that want to know the arrangements, I’ll post them in this thread to keep everyone updated the best I can.

lee brett
05-06-2009, 07:55 AM
sorry to hear my thoughts go out to his family and friends

Blackjack
05-06-2009, 07:57 AM
This is extremely sad news.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

RIP, Ray.

ugotactionTX
05-06-2009, 08:02 AM
Sorry to hear about all of this. I'm sure he's in a better place now. Does anyone have a picture they could post of Ray? I'm sure that I'd know him if I saw his face. I played in SWEL for years so I'm sure we met or played each other sometime.

Vahmurka
05-06-2009, 08:06 AM
very sorry about that JJ. Rest in peace Ray

akaTrigger
05-06-2009, 08:18 AM
At about 12:45am, Ray finally got too tired to continue his fight and passed away. Heís going to be missed by a lot of people, and I know he made quite an impression on a lot of people as well. Somehow, I know he probably already managed to find a pool hall in the sky. :)

Thank you to everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for the thoughts and prayers.

And to the local players that want to know the arrangements, Iíll post them in this thread to keep everyone updated the best I can.

The world lost a great guy and a wonderful friend to so many people.

akaTrigger
05-06-2009, 09:22 AM
Sorry to hear about all of this. I'm sure he's in a better place now. Does anyone have a picture they could post of Ray? I'm sure that I'd know him if I saw his face. I played in SWEL for years so I'm sure we met or played each other sometime.

Here's a pic i just received. He was only 36 or 37 when he passed. :(

95502

http://www.obriantclan.blogspot.com/

9Ball_JJ
05-06-2009, 09:23 AM
Here's 2 pictures of our team after last year's state tournament.


Ray is on the far right in the first picture, right next to me.



Ray is just 2nd from the right in the 2nd picture.

9Ball_JJ
05-06-2009, 09:53 AM
For the locals......

The viewing is tomorrow, 5-7-09, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Donnelly's funeral home in Irving. The funeral will be at 10:00am on Friday, 5-8-09, at the same place.

ugotactionTX
05-06-2009, 09:56 AM
Sure I remember him... REALLY REALLY NICE GUY! Terrible loss.

Firecracker
05-06-2009, 11:07 AM
For the locals......

The viewing is tomorrow, 5-7-09, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Donnelly's funeral home in Irving. The funeral will be at 10:00am on Friday, 5-8-09, at the same place.

My prayers go out to the family...it was a tough night last night.

Juan - I will definitely be there on Friday.

crawfish
05-06-2009, 11:17 AM
Prayers now given.