Hu, Richard "Ricky" Nelson, Hemlock, Michigan

Passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor at the age of 21 months. Richard Nelson Hu was born September 19, 2010 in Saginaw to Lin Luo and Zhong Hu. They survive him. Ricky was a strong baby who faced many challenges and fought daily to survive with his mother by his side. Surviving besides his mother and father are his grandparents Wei Sun and Jaichun Luo, his uncle Song Luo and cousins Jixue Yang and Haihong Li, his American grandparents Ray and Susan Nelson, American aunt Katie (Matt) Murphy and their son Benjamin, American uncles Patrick Nelson and Dan Nelson, American aunt and uncle Martha and Tom Miller, American aunt Jody Nelson, American uncle Mike Nelson, special friends Joe and Sue Fliegel, and many other special friends. Ricky was born with severe medical issues. The U of M survival flight staff transferred him to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor where he was surrounded by angels who tryed their best to save his life. He has never been able to breathe on his own. He has been on a ventilator his whole life. Every day, he fought for his beloved mom, families and friends. No matter how many surgeries, procedures, pokes, radiations, and tests he has gone through, he tried very very hard to see this world, be with his mom, and love everyone. As time passed, all the medical equipment became a part of his body and part of his life. Trach circuits and Ambu bags became his toys and best friends. Ricky took them to the beach, pool, parks, gardens, and stores. The year he was born is the year of the tiger in Chinese calendar. When Ricky was born, doctors considered his life expectancy as days and weeks. It is the “tiger” who gave him braveness, belief, and strength. Although Ricky was only with us for 21 months, he touched many people’s hearts. He made each of us become a better person. He is a miracle in our lives. Ricky's family would like to thank Dr. Pituch and staff, as well as the staff at Mott Children's Hospital who loved and cared for Ricky throughout his life, especially nurses Kate (Richard) Michael and Kristen Stevens. They would also like to thank Ricky's home care nurse Barb Clemmons and cousins Jixue Yang and Haihong Li for their love and compassion. Funeral service will take place on Sunday July 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home, 1550 S. Midland Road (S. M-47). Interment will take place at Richland Township Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Memorial offerings are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor.