On Feb. 12 an update to an earlier story about an ER doctor sending a letter of condolence after a female patient's death started making the news rounds. The son of the deceased breast cancer victim says the doctor's act "changed my life."
The unnamed son, who posted the note to Reddit, a social media online website, told the Huffington Post on Friday that "the letter was written for my father."
Yet it was the son who felt so moved by it that he posted it onto the Reddit site, which motivated an outpouring of support from other Redditors as well as doctors and nurses that saw it.
It is a testimony to the doctor's level of compassion, which the Reddit user said his mother would have appreciated, especially since the particular doctor who wrote it had never seen his mother before the day she came to the ER where he worked.
If my mother were alive to see this, she would want readers to reflect on the power of showing compassion towards a total stranger," the son told HuffPost.
In the note, the doctor explains he was moved to correspond after observing the special bond between the husband and wife, as well as the way in which the hurting woman dealt with her pain and condition.
The dying woman had breast cancer, and it was breathing difficulties that sent her to the ER on the day she met this particular physician a month ago. Less than 24 hours later she had died, but not before touching this medical man's life enough to pen a condolence letter to her husband.
The letter written by the attending doctor is shown in the photo above, and while it is a wonderful condolence note to a hurting husband to receive, it makes one wonder why more doctors don't correspond in a like manner.
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