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Jean M

I watched my mother die. She had only been diagnosed with lung cancer 4 weeks before. Chemo and radiation did not help; they just made her sicker and weaker. So, she was in the hospital, with us visiting her daily, when I observed her gasping for air. I ran over to her bedside, only to hear the horrid Doctor droning on about this is what he had been talking about. All the while, she was choking, gasping. No one did anything to help her, but over the loudspeaker I did hear "Code Red", with her room number. But by the time they got there it was too late.

I stepped aside to let my father have the last few minutes of her life. I will never forget that scene. I still dream about it and wake up crying. It was 28 years ago.

First published: November 8, 2016

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