Almost one year on from his sister Jaimi’s passing at the age of 33, Jett Kenny has recalled the heartbreaking final moments of her life and how she fought “all the way until the end".
“I could tell something was wrong,” he told Courier Mail on Friday.
“And in my head, I was like I hope - I didn’t hope this for any reason - if it’s going to be a family issue, I hope it’s Jaimi and it’s not (my other sister) Morgan or (her son) Flynn or anyone else, because I was like, our family doesn’t need to deal with more in a way.”
Jett and his family came together at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital on September 13 last year to say goodbye to Jaimi when her life support was switched off.
“She fought all the way until the end,” he detailed.
“They took her off life support and eight hours I think she was off life support for until she finally passed away; the doctors thought it was going to be about a minute or two, so she was a fighter, that’s for sure.”
Lisa took to Instagram on September 15 to post a tribute to her daughter, describing the loss as “so painful” she could “barely breathe”.
“Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side,” she captioned her post.
“Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child.”
Jett now recalls that the hardest part about the entire ordeal was watching his parents deal with the painful grief of losing a child.
“You see your parents, and that’s sort of the only thing that really gets me upset is seeing mum and dad so upset, because no one wants to see their parents upset in a way,” he said.
“I remember the first time I proper cried about it was when mum was so upset. I was just like, ‘goddammit’. But after that it was just a matter of trying to be strong for them, I guess.”
This week, the Curry-Kenny family will commemorate a year since Jaimi’s death and will most likely host an intimate family dinner.
“It won’t be easy for mum and dad because it will be a year,” Jett admitted.
“I think the second year will be easier in a way because you don’t have all those firsts – the first Christmas, the first Mother’s Day, first birthdays, all the sort of stuff. I guess it will get easier with time, as everything does.”
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