On Tuesday, Dan Schalk selected his child’s burial plot, dealt with her funeral plans, and chose a clothing to bury her in. These are all things no moms and dad ought to ever need to do.
His child, Lilliana, dropped dead Saturday night. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of unhappiness, concerns, and love from the neighborhood.
To state Lilliana was an excellent competitive cheerleader would be an understatement. She was what they call a “flyer”– and young boy might she fly. She was an eighth-grader who, for the very first time in school history, made the university cheerleading group at Highlands HighSchool
She was a pleased kid who liked pizza, the color blue, and she was simply beginning to get thinking about kids– possibly. She had a preferred tune and she understood what she wished to be– a grade school instructor.
“She had two of her friends — they were going to go to school, come back to Fort Thomas, teach at Moyer and live next door,” Dan Schalk stated.“They had it planned.”
But how your life can modification in an immediate– or in this case, 2 hours.
“I can’t get my head around it at all,” Schalk stated. “No staining, no exhaustion, no weak point, no confusion– her grades all directly A’s throughout the board. Fit, athletic, no indicator [of illness] and of course I’m racking my brain. Did I miss out on something?”.
Saturday early morning her daddy states her hamstring was troubling her a little, and he even took her to the medical professional to get it had a look at– an X-ray stated it was great. They went to Columbus for a cheer competitors. When Lilliana was heating up, her coach came out and informed Schalk something was incorrect.
“Coach says, ‘She’s kinda out of sorts, things definitely not normal,’” he stated.“So we call a life squad, took her to the ER and things quickly degraded there to the ICU and in about two hours she was gone.”
Her signs were some hamstring discomfort, pins and needles in her hands– they were cold– and she simply felt weak.
“Maybe she was dehydrated? Pinched nerve? I thought dehydrated — first thought. And when you saw all the doctors come to you, you had to think ‘What is going on, right?’ All this for this, what is going on? And the liaison took me back and was like in a very short time, she said. ‘Is there somebody you should call?’ And I said, ‘For what reason?’ And she said, ‘This is pretty serious,’ and I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me,’” Schalk stated.
He stated her heart stopped two times in an overall and the er of 4 times.
He was with her at the end.
“We went from awaiting her to carry out at 5: 50 p.m. to holding her hand and they revealed that she had actually passed at 7: 40– the only thing I can state was, ‘What the hell just happened? What happened? How can this be?’ Just gone,” he stated.
The cause of death is still pending the outcomes of an autopsy.
Lilliana is going to be buried in her Highlands cheerleading uniform.
She is having a service open up to the general public Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Muehlenkamp Ershell Funeral Home in Fort Thomas.