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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (KCTV) — Overland Park resident Dane Weller shared a special bond with his mother Vicki.
He suffered a devastating spinal cord injury a few years back.
Doctors said he’d never walk again.
His mother took exception to that.
“She’s the one that encouraged me. Wouldn’t let me give up. As you know, I’m walking again.”
So, when Mrs. Weller started suffering from kidney failure, Dane was right by her side.
He assumed the role of her primary caretaker and drove her to every early morning dialysis appointment.
Unfortunately, her health took a turn for the worse, and she was admitted to Saint Luke’s South earlier this month.
Before her death last Sunday, she asked Dane to do one last thing make sure her first born granddaughter received her wedding band to serve as a lasting memory of their relationship.
“It’s not a good feeling. People understand when they lose people they love they want to carry out their wishes, and I can’t do that.”
Dane can’t do that because he says the wedding band has gone missing.
Dane says his mother was wearing the band while in the hospital.
Her fingers too swollen for him to remove it.
A nurse told him it would stay with her body until it was handed over to the Cremation Society of Kansas who would then return all her belongings.
But documents show inventory taken after death by St. Luke’s staff do not list any jewelry.
Once the body was turned over, the crematory’s only listing under personal effects is a bag of belongings.
Dane says that is just clothing.
So Dane has filed a police report furious that a priceless family heirloom has gone missing.
The hospital declined a request for an interview providing a statement saying.
“Saint Luke’s hospitals have procedures in place to minimize the loss of patient personal items while hospitalized. We are in the process of researching the events surrounding the missing item in question and are in communication with the family as we work to find answers and resolve the matter.”
Dane is hoping this is all an innocent mistake and that the wedding band will turn up, but he also knows there’s another possible explanation and now has a message for anyone that might know where this ring is.
“Doesn’t mean anything to you. It means everything to our family. Would you please put it somewhere and let somebody find it. It’s just wrong what you did.”