I found this picture yesterday and showed it to my father.
“Do you remember this man?” I asked.
He shook his head. “No, I don’t think so,” he replied.
“On the back it says, ‘Successful defibrillation and external massage’ — Does that help?” I asked.
He studied the photograph for a few more minutes. “No, I don’t remember any of that,” he finally said.
I imagine that in the life of a physician there are thousands of untold stories. Lives, limbs, trajectories changed in the course of a single decision or moment.
In January 1964, Everett Barrett didn’t die from a heart attack in Ethiopia. CPR and defibrillation saved him. I think my father had something to do with it.
Everett Barrett died two years later stateside. But during 1964-65, he worked for the fire department at the army base in Ethiopia. I can’t help but wonder if he saved any lives, too, during those years.
You know — lives saved because his life was saved.
The gift of life bestowed is a like a pebble thrown in a pond, sometimes with far-reaching ripples.
We never know how far those ripple reach.
4 thoughts on “U is for Untold Stories”
One action leads to another action, and lives are affected by that in ways that a person might never know. Well said.
This is so true, in so many aspects of our lives.
I did hear this story … but never thought about the ripple effect. Nice.
Ha! I NEVER remember hearing this story. I thought for sure that Dad would remember it, but no.
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