In Loving Memory of Doctor Pham 1969 – 2019
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
In February 2018, Mai started to experience abdominal distension and was diagnosed with widespread ovarian cancer. She underwent several operations and undertook multiple courses of chemo and immunotherapy, facing all of these with hope, heart, and unfailing good humor. Her appetite for life and a shared meal – as well as her ability to make all around her laugh to the point of tears – never faltered. She continued to exercise and operate until very recently and was caught on the phone, in the early morning, arranging for a patient’s care, the week before her death. The day before she passed away, she smiled and asked her loved ones, “Aren’t we having a great time?” It was during this period that God became real to Mai. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and He mercifully granted her much peace through her journey.
Mai lived too briefly for all of us, but her 49 years were filled with moments that took her breath away. The reach of her is immeasurable; we are all made breathless by our loss, and the beauty of her life.
Mai is survived by her spouse, Mai Nguyen and her two adopted children, Natalie and Nathan, of Seattle; her parents, Kim Anh Nguyen and Than Pham, of Seattle; her sister, Alison Tran, of Oklahoma City; her half-sister, Chau Pham of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; her brother Eric Pham of Dallas; her brother Alex Pham of Oklahoma, numerous nieces and nephews, and hundreds of friends and patients that she regarded as family.
Seattle Vascular Surgery will pay tribute to Mai’s legacy of generosity through the creation and ongoing support of the M2 (M-squared) Foundation. M2 aspires to serve underdeveloped nations with vital needs, including clean water supply systems, food distribution, housing, and medical care.