The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 544 MiVida Drive. Keith VanArsdol of The Community Church will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Spanish Valley Mortuary.
Kambryn was born in Grand Junction, Colo., on July 6, 2012. Kambryn and his identical twin, Breckyn, came into this world 3 and 1/2 months early, weighing 1 pound, 6 ounces, and 12 and one-half inches long. Kambryn was born first and was the stronger of the two. For the first 10 days of his life he was a superstar, breathing very well and thriving. His health took a turn for the worse when he was 10 days old. He was on medication to close his PDA – the valve in the heart that pumps blood into the lungs. He then developed a hole in his stomach for which he had to get emergency surgery. The surgery set him back a bit but he was a fighter and kept working to get better. Kambryn had four more major setbacks after the surgery. He developed severe lung disease and had to be put on a ventilator. The lung disease severely damaged his lungs. Kambryn then developed NEC, an infection of the intestines. Fortunately, the amazing staff at St. Mary’s Hospital caught the infection early and he did not need surgery. His next battle was with CMV hepatitis, a blood infection that he fought for two months and which damaged his liver and spleen. He then developed ROP in his eyes and he needed laser eye surgery.
Needless to say our sweet baby Kambryn has been through more in his short life than most of us go through in a lifetime. Kambryn’s mother and father were by his side every day while he worked to get better, only leaving him when his brother was able to go home. His parents still went back and forth to stay with baby Kambryn in Grand Junction at least twice a week. On Oct. 30, Kambryn finally got to come home weighing 5 pounds 11 ounces and 17 inches long. Kambryn’s family cherished every second of the past five weeks they had with him. His strength and perseverance has been an inspiration to all who loved him. His spirit and light gave us all a sense of hope and strength that will forever be in our hearts.
Kambryn is survived by his father, Brando James and his mother Mikayla Parriott; his brothers, Jharick James and Breckyn James; grandparents, LaDonna and Larry Switzer Hawn and Jason and Melissa Parriott; great-grandparents, Skip and Rosemary Schafer, Dale and Glee Parriott; great-great- grandmother, Gwynith Parriott; uncles, Jesse Coberly (Corrina Jarman), Gabriel (Tamera) Olsen, Bryson and Brenner Parriott; and several other cousins, aunts and uncles.
Kambryn is preceded in death by his great-great-grandfather, Lloyd Parriott,; great-grandparents, William and Lillian Hance; grandfather, Richard Lee James; his aunt, DeLeyna Faye Contreras; and his uncle, Hank James.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at Eastern Utah Community Credit Union in the name of Baby Kambryn. The family of Kambryn James wishes to thank our families, friends and community for your love and support and for all of your prayers for this special baby. We know that he received each and every prayer and thought throughout his struggles and is still receiving the love from all in his resting place in heaven.
Kambryn’s family would prefer a funeral service full of color and life to celebrate the short time they had with the bright spirit of Baby Kambryn.