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Surrounded by pain, doctors turn to poetry, writing to cope with loss

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The details of the day have not left Dr. Michael Shreve, even after a decade: The blood gurgling into his infant patient's lungs. The medications he sprayed to try to stop the bleeding. The manual pump he used to keep baby Rose breathing until her family came to say goodbye. Rose died that day, and Shreve felt utterly helpless. "I did nothing for this child," he said. "I did nothing for this family." Years later, he poured that day into a poem, memorializing Rose in verse: "Red returns/ Heart rate stumbles/ Monitors warn/ Tiny lungs stiffen/ Too much." more


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