Actor Shares Heartbreaking Tribute after Mother Passes Away
“My mom has been in and out of the hospital since January,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Feb. 20. “After multiple tests, we found out she actually has advanced cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure.”
The 29-year-old actor ‘Colton Haynes’ made a name for himself in roles on MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and CW’s “Arrow,” but he also broadened his resume with modeling stints for Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as recording some successful singles. But despite his success, even Haynes has had to confront mortality itself.
Though Haynes mother, Dana, could’ve possibly survived given swift organ transplants, the glacial pace of most U.S. transplant programs made it virtually an impossibility. So she decided to focus on enjoying her remaining days as best she could rather than frantically rushing after hopeless treatments.
“My mom … always loves to laugh,” Haynes wrote. “Even when her liver and kidney doctors gave us the worst news you could get, my mom looked at us and said, ‘The best thing to do in these situations is to laugh.’”
My mom, Dana, always loves to laugh. Even when her liver & kidney doctors gave us the worst news you could get, my mom looked at us and said, “The best thing to do in these situations is to laugh.” She then chuckled so loud you could hear it to the other end of the hospital. That’s my mom. Shes funny, bull headed, & strong. My mom has been in and out of the hospital since January. After multiple tests we found out she actually has advanced cirrhosis of the liver & kidney failure. A diagnosis that can be cured with a liver transplant.. however..that bad news I mentioned before was that she doesn’t have that much time to wait for a new liver. The doctors suggested that we now focus on my mother’s quality of life rather than quantity of life. It’s heartbreaking. My strong mother has always been the anchor of this family and our best friend. Now we’re being forced to say goodbye to her. So with that horrible news from “Dr. Doom” (a name my mom came up for him) my family has set up steps to make mom comfortable. We set up in home hospice care so she can be home with her boyfriend, Gary, and her beloved cat, Fasa. Hospice care is covered by my moms insurance 100%. As well as nurses visits on a “need be” basis. A personal in home nurse that can be there 24/7, however, is not covered and would need to be paid out of pocket. My siblings and family are spread out around the country and world. We’ve been taking turns flying out when we can to help but it’s not enough. My brother wanted to do his part to help with the expense of hiring a full time nurse & guess what…the gofundme goal has been reached to pay for Amity Home Care in Hemet California! Now that the goal has been reached…every single penny we raise over the goal from today on will be donated to the American Liver Foundation to help others who are going through this horrible disease. It would mean the world to my family & I if we could make a massive donation to this incredible organization. Thank y’all for listening & sending all the love to my beautiful momma. Donation link in my bio ❤❤❤
Even peering at eternity, she took her own advice, going so far as to nickname the physician who gave her the awful news “Dr. Doom.”
Though Haynes and his siblings tried their hardest to spend as much time as possible by her bedside, they started a GoFundMe campaign to have round-the-clock nursing care available.
The campaign reached its $10,000 goal within three days. As of press time, it had raised $13,173, and Haynes said on Instagram that “every single penny we raise over the goal from today on will be donated to the American Liver Foundation to help others who are going through this horrible disease.”
If you’ve ever known anyone who has suffered from kidney or liver disease, you understand the horrible toll they can take on the human body. Only a month had passed before Haynes shared heartbreaking news.
On March 24, he wrote, “Today I lost my best friend, the love of my life … my momma. Words can’t express how incredible this woman was.
“I have so many things to say, but I’m in a state of shock. I will always love you, momma.”
Haynes’ co-stars were quick to offer condolences. But perhaps his greatest comfort comes from knowing that Dana had his steadfast love and the adoration of her family in her final days.