Moving Note from Emergency Room Doctor to Deceased Patient’s Family
An emergency room doctor at the New York Presbyterian Hospital wrote a very heart-warming letter to the family of a deceased women he treated in the emergency room.
The ER doctor who remains nameless sent this letter to the family of a deceased patient he treated in the ER, and stated that he has never sent a letter to a patients family, but he felt a strong connection with this patient.
The son of the patient shared the letter on the social networking site reddit and since then has gone viral. Here's what the letter said:
Dear Mr. [Withdrawn],
I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs [Withdrawn] last Sunday in the Emergency Department at New York Presbyterian Hospital. I learned only yesterday about her passing away and wanted to write to you to express my sadness. In my twenty years as a doctor in the Emergency Room, I have never written to a patient or a family member, as our encounters are typically hurried and do not always allow for more personal interaction.
However, in your case, I felt a special connection to your wife [Withdrawn], who was so engaging and cheerful in spite of her illness and trouble breathing. I was also touched by the fact that you seemed to be a very loving couple. You were highly supportive of her, asking the right questions with calm, care and concern. From my experience as a physician, I find that the love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.
I am sorry for your loss and I hope you can find comfort in the memory of your wife’s great spirit and of your loving bond. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.