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AIRTH, Miles Gabriel

July 11, 2013 — November 30, 2013

Many people will remember hearing about Miles Gabriel Airth. He was born to his parents, Samantha and Kelly, on July 11, 2013 at BC Children’s Hospital. Miles faced a life full of hurtles from his first breath. Born with a rare and complex congenital heart disease, which the family knew about before his birth, Miles was scheduled to have a series of open heart surgeries beginning in his first week of life to correct the condition. Once the doctors had more accurate scans of Miles heart however, it was realized his only option for survival was a heart transplant.

Miles went through a number of procedures, and was placed on medication to give him as much time as possible to wait for a heart. The family spent 4 and half months with Miles at Children’s hospital going through daily tests, scans and checkups, all the while hoping that the phone would ring, to say a heart was on its way. Along the way there were lots of smiles, and some great accomplishments including the creation of a paediatric cardiac transplant program at BC Children’s Hospital. Before the creation of the program children like Miles would have to travel to Edmonton or Toronto to receive a transplant. Miles played a part in seeing the program come to fruition. In the end though, Miles didn’t get to receive the miracle that would save his life. On Saturday November 30th at 1:15pm his journey on this Earth ended. Miles’ life was covered in love. He was loved by his family, by friends and often by complete strangers. He was loved by his nurses and his doctors. And he loved back. Miles taught us more in 4 and a half months than we could have learned in a lifetime without him. His Mom and Dad, as well as his big brother Noah live on to make sure his memory lasts, and to make sure kids like him have the very best chance.


A Memorial Service for Miles will be held this Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, located at 2600 Hebert Road in West Kelowna.


Please visit https://transplant.bc.ca/OnlineReg/bcts.asp and become an organ donor today. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Ronald McDonald House BC, or the Children’s Heart Unit (CHU) at BC Children’s Hospital in Miles’ honour. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”




Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Emmanuel Church

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The service for AIRTH, Miles Gabriel is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Emmanuel Church

2600 Hebert Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • Angela Jamieson says:

    Sam, Kelly, and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Miles has touched so many people in so many ways. I didn’t get to meet him, but he touched me so much!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time!! Be strong and hold each other tight! Miles is always watching over you all, and isn’t suffering anymore! Love you guys!!

  • Janet Pierson says:

    Love and prayers are with you, Sam,Kelly,Noah and your families xoxo

  • Geoff Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Kelly and Sam.

  • Michelle and Jadyn Carle says:

    Jadyn and I graduated with Kelly and although I didn’t know you guys personally I followed your blog on facebook, finding myself constantly checking in to see if your beautiful little man finally received his new heart. Our daughter Gemma was born a month after Miles and spent time in NICU for being low birth weight and I thought it was so terrible until I saw what you guys were going through. You were so strong and so brave as well as little Miles, Im not sure If I could ever be as strong as you. Your sweet baby was loved by so many including complete strangers such as myself. His life was short but he fought so bravely and always with a smile on his face. His story is known by so many he will never ever be forgotten and will be missed by so many. He is home now and at peace. Im so sorry for your loss and I hope you two can find peace in this devastating time.

  • Rick says:

    For Miles Mom, Dad, and brother Noah,
    My deepest & sincere condolences.
    I wish I had the words to help make it all better for you. Sometimes a person will come in to ours lives, however briefly, and leave us with a life time of love and memories.
    Respectfully, Rick

  • Shawna Michaud says:

    Thought’s and Prayers are with you all.

  • Joy says:

    I am tied to you simply through your son.

    My second daughter was born in May. Each day I read your updates I could see our family in yours, knowing that but by the grace of God, your story could be ours.

    Miles helped me to love more. I never knew I could love a wee little stranger. He taught me to even love my girls more. He taught me to smile through the trials.

    Thank you for sharing your little man with us so openly in the short time you could. You didn’t have to, but I am completely grateful to have learned so much from your graciousness.

  • Steven & Kyla Wright says:

    Kelly, Sam & Noah:
    You are in our hearts and prayers daily. We love you very much. We pray that you all feel God’s arms wrapped around you as you journey through these moments and that peace and joy will be yours.

    In Christ,

    Steven & Kyla

  • Filomena Romei says:

    Dear Samantha, Kelly, Noah and Families:
    Our sincere condolences for the loss of your precious baby boy Miles. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mike & Filomena Romei

  • Diane Greer says:

    Dear Sam & Family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious baby boy Miles. I pray the Lord will wrap his arms around all of you and you will feel some comfort during this most difficult time.
    Hugs, Diane Greer

  • roland and carrie weeks says:

    Dear Sam and Kelly and family:
    we are very sorry to here that Miles has passed away.Our thoughts are with you.

  • Penny Brown says:

    Dear Sam, Kelly and Family, our hearts ache for you and your loss. I have followed your story through my niece, who lived at BC Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House for the last year, while fighting for her life. Family and friends are so important, especially during this difficult time. Miles is a beautiful angel, who will always be with you. God Bless all of you, now and forever.

  • Lazaridis Family says:

    Dear Sam, Kelly, Noah and Family,

    We had hoped and prayed that a heart would be found for Miles. Your love and devotion was an inspiration to us all. We understand how difficult it is to be away from home and living in a hospital. Miles fought a courageous battle and so did your entire family. Miles and your family will always hold a special place in our hearts. Sending you love and strength.
    Laura, Tasso, Eden and Theo.

  • Bob and Robin says:

    Dear Kelly, Sam and Noah,

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you.
    We very much missed our wonderful neighbours.

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