A doctor has said from the time he broke hospital rules so that a daughter can say a horrible goodbye to her dying mother.
Dr. Ronald Simon, Head of Trauma at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, is one of thousands of frontline medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.
In a moving Facebook post, Dr. Simon said that allowing family members to say their final goodbyes helped him “ heal day after day in this crisis and get back to work. ”
Dr. Ronald Simon, head of Trauma at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, wrote a moving post about how he said a woman’s children goodbye to their dying mother
Although the female patient eventually died shortly after breaking the strict rules, he believes his actions ultimately “ gave the family a little more rest. ”
Dr. Simon wrote that part of the reason he allowed a one-time visit is because he is personally afraid of dying alone.
“To me, dying alone is more frightening than dying myself. Why? Who knows!’ He wrote.
“A middle-aged woman dies from very serious COVID pneumonia. All of our efforts keep her alive, but barely and we knew she could succeed at any time, ”explained Dr. Simon out in his message.
In the mail was a photo of the doctor with a helmet. He explains that the headgear has been graciously donated to the hospital so that medical personnel could safely perform certain high-risk procedures with minimal risk of infecting physicians
The doctor explained how he has seven face masks – one for each day of the week, allowing anyone to sanitize for a full week before reusing
“Although our department has a policy that is not visited to protect patients and staff from others and others from patients, we decided that we should make an exception here.
“She was a mother with two older children, so we contacted them to visit their mother while she was still alive. When the daughter arrived, she told me she had two young children, so we wrapped her in masks, dresses, gloves and caps and showed her her mother.
Doctor Simon explained to the woman’s daughter that she was allowed to hold her mother’s hand and recommended that she speak to her because she would certainly be able to hear her even though she was heavily sedated.
It seemed to make a difference in the world.
Dr. Simon revealed that part of the reason he had the son and daughter visit their mother before she died is because he is afraid of dying alone
“She looked at me in amazement and relief, and said,” Can she hear me? I have to tell her that I love her. ”
“With those words she walked into the room and made peace with her dying mother.
“A few minutes later, her son came in and did the same. She died minutes later, “said Dr. Simon.
“I was sad about her passing, but she was just one of many,” he recalls.
“What made up for my day was that with her death, her children would never complain that they never had a chance to tell their mom they loved her before she passed away,” the trauma doctor noted.
The trauma surgeon reveals how the entire coronavirus outbreak is “different” as his training prepared him to “fight life and death on a large scale.”
Since the post was written, a number of people have expressed gratitude for the doctor’s heartfelt words.
“This is beautiful, humane and yet … heartbreaking. A very sad joy, ‘wrote fellow hospital worker Dekeya Slaughter.
“You’ve pulled hearts. Lovely Ron that her kids last had those few moments. May she rest in peace, “said another hospital worker Sally Vagnini Jacko.
“You may have lost one life that day, but you saved two by showing the children their mother. You work wonders, Ron. Thank you for everything you do, “added another.
Dr. Ronald Simon talked about when he allowed a family to say goodbye to their loved one who was dying of the coronavirus, despite violating hospital rules
In a separate post online, the trauma surgeon shows how, while his training has prepared him to “fight life and death on a large scale,” the entire coronavirus outbreak is “different.”
“I give my hospital administration the honor of acting faster than most, but we still respond to a new situation every day,” he writes.
The doctor explained how he has seven face masks – one for each day of the week, allowing anyone to sanitize for a full week before using again.
‘This would have been unheard of a month ago, “he notes. “Today I am lucky enough to have this.”
“Fighting with a hidden enemy that is potentially anywhere, anytime is difficult. Because it’s in NYC, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States is challenging, but one that has been shared with so many devoted people that it’s a privilege to fight side by side.
“Daily choices are getting harder and we are only at the beginning. Pray for all those who are sick and for those who care for them, “Dr.