Mary N. Layoun
A. Joseph Layon
Gentle Reader – A short time ago my friend, colleague, comrade and sister – and I – were asked to submit a piece to “Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine” on death and dying in the time of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19).
This we did. A piece detailing the course – ultimately leading to his death – of a young man I cared for in the ICU. A young man, not even 20 years old, healthy, died in my arms. His mother looking on.
If, as is my hope, this work changes the mind of even one Vaccine-Hesitant, Vaccine-Denier, Anti-Vaccine person, then the work will have been worth it.
Please read. As always, your thoughtful comments are welcome.