One of my most treasured friends was named Ramon. He was born with downs syndrome. Neverthlessless, he showed the closest example of true man.
Interesting enough, everyone looked at him as disabled and lesser than others. He suffered great ridicule from others most of his life.
Here are some of his many strengths:
1. He devoted his life to care for his mother when she needed help the most;
2. He was showed true transparency in love and friendship;
3. He was faithful to the Father will all his heart and soul;
4. He would do anything to help others;
5. And, so many other strengths.
One day, they called me that Ramon suffered a heart attack. I went to see him in intensive care. While there, I began reading the bible in the readings when Jesus was crucified. For some unknown reason, with each word read, I would cry a fountain of tears. Ramon died the next day. It was my impression that the Angels were already there when I went to see Ramon. How amazing that the Angels made a special trip to guide him to his proper place in Heaven.
We have it all wrong Jason how we see/assess the true value of others. My recommendation to you would be to listen to your inner spirit.
Your story was very touching and it made me reflect more of why we are here on earth. He who have the least gained more..that's what Ramon was -- less of a man but gained heaven for being a faithful servant and steward of God.
God bless you for being his friend and for people like Ramon.