MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- After days of watching doctors test her son for signs of life, Angela Lanciano Moreno buried him in a private ceremony Tuesday in Pendleton County, W.Va.
Christian Lanciano, 22, was hospitalized at WVU Hospitals-East in Martinsburg in late August after doctors resuscitated him from a heroin overdose. He died Monday.
"Losing Christian has put such an emptiness in all of us," Moreno said Wednesday. "He was an awesome person."
Moreno, a resident of Gerrardstown, W.Va., stopped her son's life support on Labor Day when the final test she sought to assess his brain activity came back with poor results.
"We did all the tests," she said. "The results were not good."
Moreno said she convinced doctors to perform the tests on her son by obtaining a temporary restraining order from 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh on Aug. 31. That order prohibited the hospital from removing Lanciano from life support for 10 days.