• The Sounds of Grief

    8 monthes ago - By Academic Pediatrics

    Nevaeh's* swollen, septic body shone like a stone - the dome of her abdomen turgid, her obsidian skin smooth and clammy. At 10 months of age, she was already a chronically ill child who breathed and was fed through tubes, and that day, the unremitting river of illness finally eroded her. Within minutes of our initial assessment in the emergency department, she vomited a thick, tarry sediment of blood, the stress of which stopped her burdened heart.
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