After all the serious challenges we face in hospitals these days, I needed to read something lovely and compassionate. As an old school RN from the archives of time, I am encouraged to read this and thought you might be, too.
Peter DeMarco and his 34 year-old wife Laura Levis were planning out their weekend of nachos and apple-picking. “I love you” were the last words he would hear her say as they hung up, right before Laura suffered a devastating, life-threatening asthma attack. ER paramedics were able to revive her stilled heart after only a few minutes, but she was only to live six more days.
After Laura’s death, Peter’s desire to give thanks and affirmation turned tragedy into beauty. Peter spoke of how the Cambridge Hospital intensive care staff brought dignity and love to the situation as they orchestrated that “last hour” together alone….