A nurse working as an intern recently left a short but impactful letter after witnessing a patient's death right before her very eyes.
On March 19, revealing she was an intern nurse working at a hospital, the intern posted a hand-written letter on an online community board which has since gone viral.
The letter dated March 17 read, "To all the family, friends, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers out there," addressing all the fellow patients in general.
She continued, "Today I witnessed your death... While your body was lying unconscious, I prayed listening to the sound of your beating heart, struggling to fight death. That you would win the battle and leave the hospital with a smile on your face."
Unfortunately, the patient didn't make it. The intern went on, "I was sorry. I was sad. Despite being an intern, I was foremost a nurse and I just stood there like a log unable to do anything while you fought until your last breath. It makes me feel so shameful looking back."
Seeing the lifeless body of the patient being wheeled out of the room, the intern made a promise to herself. The promise was not to be a nurse who saves lives so she can live herself, but to be a nurse who can truly save lives, emphasizing the importance of life and death.
The intern then reminisced on a good memory she had with the patient, "When I was on the way out after completing my shift, the only thing that comforted my exhausted body was your kind words of encouragement and a yogurt."
Lastly, she closed with, "As I get ready for work today, I pray... That you would go to the hospital at ease."