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“Your mother is still holding on.” I was searching for the right words. “She is comfortable.”
“Thank you for the update,” he said briefly, before hanging up. He was a doctor himself, familiar with the process of dying. I took a slow breath; there was a knot in my throat when I swallowed.
Under my scrubs, my breasts were heavy and aching, like a stomachache only higher up. It had been 3 hours since I had pumped. There was no putting aside the tragedy of a mother dying without her son—that would stay with me forever. But for these moments I was not only an intern navigating the tragedies of COVID-19, I was also the mother of a baby who depended on me.
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Corresponding Author: Margot Robinson, MD, Brown University, Department of Family Medicine, 111 Brewster St, Pawtucket, RI 02860 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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