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Lisa Marie Pond

Lisa Marie Pond

Class of 1985

Lisa Marie Pond graduated from Enfield High in 1985 and then attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Lisa graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Lisa spent her early career working with autistic and developmentally disabled youth. Lisa then became a child protection supervisor from 1992-1996. During that time Lisa became a foster parent for the State of WA. She fostered 25 children and adopted 4 special needs children.

Lisa’s life ended abruptly while on a family cruise in February 2007. A brain aneurysm that had gone undetected for years had ruptured while she and her family were in Miami. Lisa was only 39 years old.

Lisa was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, with partner, Janice, of 18yrs and 3 of their adopted children close behind. Her parenter and children were not allowed to be with Lisa because the hospital told Janice that they were in an “anti-gay city and state”. The hospital also went on to say that without a court order or a Power of Attorney no information would be exchanged. Fortunately they had planned for such an event and friends back in WA state faxed the necessary documents to the hospital. However, the hospital refused to recognize Lisa’s legally adopted children or her partner as family. As a result for 8 hours Lisa lay alone, slipped into a coma and died with her family just 20 feet away behind a locked door.

Because of the treatment that Lisa and her family received her partner began speaking out to groups across the country. After a article in the New York Times was published, their story caught the attention of President Obama. The President called Janice to apologize for how the family was treated. Then in June 2010, Janice and the children were invited to the White House to meet one on one with President Obama and have pictures taken as well as being mentioned in a speech as he signed a memorandum directly all hospitals in the US to allow same sex partners the same visitation rights as those related by blood.

Not only did Lisa’s passing change national policy, but true to Lisa’s giving nature she wanted her organs donated so others could live. She saved 4 lives with her kidneys, liver and heart. Other tissues are being used for research purposes.

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