The doctor came into the crowded room and turned off the ventilator. He twisted the monitor around so that we couldn’t see it. He walked out silently. A long 10 minutes would be an understatement. Ben struggled to breathe, fluid rattling in his lungs. And then he breathed his last. Six months earlier my 23 year old brother was fit and healthy and was completing his science degree to progress on to medicine.
I meant to flag up before this beautifully written but desperately sad testimony written by a medical student in Australia who witnessed the death of his brother in the BMJ. Yet going through the ordeal he realised the crucial importance both of holistic care and how family relationships are handled. It’s a tragedy you wouldn’t wish on anyone, but the author and those he reaches will transform more lives because of it.