Luck of the Irish: My Great-Grandfathers' Second Chance
Legend has it that Robert Curran, as a young child in Ireland had come down with a intestinal blockage and an operation was attempted to remedy the problem. The surgery on the family kitchen table was botched and the child was doomed. The family priest insisted that they sew up the wound and pray.
Robert survived the surgery and grew up to be a handsome vetranarian and horseman with black wavy hair and flashing green eyes. He and his wife Mildred immigrated to the US and settled in Illinois on a horse farm and had 8 children, including 2 sets of twins.
My grandmother, Kathryn Curran Fuertges, was the oldest of Robert and Mildred's children. When Robert was just 38, he died of complcations relating to the surgery of his youth. My grandmother, Kay, graduated from the University of Illinois, and went on to finish nursing school.
This Saint Patrick's Day I honor my Irish heritage and especially my Grandmother Kay and great grandparents Robert and Mildred Curran.