How a Patient’s Family Heals a Nurse

The story of a dying girl, and how her family brings healing to the PICU nurses and doctors through their courageous, compassionate decision-making in her end-of-life management.

“This family’s brave, selfless and clear-minded approach to their daughter’s last days showed me that it is still possible for me and my colleagues to heal in the ways we want to heal, hurt in the ways we accept we will hurt, and not harm in ways we never, ever intended to harm.”

Told with permission from all parties involved, including the patient’s family.

Read the story here:

How a Patient’s Family Heals a Nurse in this Era of Medicine


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Hui-wen (Alina) Sato

Words are fascinating. They can be careless, careful, powerful, hurtful, transformative, destructive, clarifying, confusing, unifying, divisive, honest, deceiving, empty, meaningful, terrible, beautiful. I am a Christian, a wife, a daughter, a mother, a friend, a citizen, a nurse. I hope the words I share in this space will do justice to the dignity that each of these roles deserves.

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