Letter From ER Doctor Touches Family

True love and compassion aren't easy to ignore.  This was a story that really surprised us.

A 24-year-old Redditor shared a letter received just after the death of his mother. She had breast cancer and was admitted into the hospital with breathing complications.  She and her husband had a very difficult time in the ER but he never left her side.

16 hours later, she passed away. Then, without warning, the 24 year old received a letter from the ER Doctor who was there trying to save her and found out later the devasting news. The Doctor sent a personal letter to the son of the woman. It was a letter about what happened and what inspired him in the ER:  the letter is actually for his father who lost his wife to cancer. Read the actual letter below




Dear Mr. (removed),

I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs (removed) last Sunday in the Emergency Department at (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 (removed), 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.

(removed), MD