Blogger's Son Dies While Recovering From Overdose and Assault

The worst of news today at Babble.

Work/Life blogger Katie Allison Granju‘s 18-year-old son has died. He had been hospitalized following a drug overdose and physical assault just over one month ago.

Late in April, Granju’s son, H, was taken to the hospital after he had overdosed and been brutally assaulted in a drug-related incident. There, he was in a coma for several days.

Granju chronicled some of her son’s — and her own — struggles following the tragedy in her Work/Life blog. She was also featured in the New York Times Motherlode blog. There, she spoke of the secret she was no longer willing to keep — that her son was addicted to drugs.

Granju’s son eventually emerged from the coma but with brain injury. He had been in a wheelchair but, with therapy, was expected to walk again.

Granju’s story has been chilling. In her most recent post, she tells readers of the exact moment she learned about her son’s drug use and what she did — and didn’t — do. Her series has inspired, for me, some sooner-than-I-expected drug talks with my 9-year-old. Maybe they’ve inspired you, too.

I and the writers here at Strollerderby are so very sorry for Katie and her entire family.

A friend of Granju’s posting on Facebook asked that those wishing to do something could donate to the family to help defray the medical costs.

Write a check to Katie AlisonGranju (advice from our bank) and mail it to: Crystal Cardwell c/oAckermann PR, 1111 Northshore, Suite N-400, Knoxville, TN 37919.

[This post has been corrected re: H’s age.]


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