Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—As anyone would have been,
I was moved by the description of the sudden tragedy that befell the woman
in Dr Beasley's A Piece of My Mind entitled "Whispering Through the Keyhole."1 The patient's lethal basilar artery occlusion certainly
was unanticipated by her or her family. Yet, death likely had been discussed
between them at some earlier moment in her life. This otherwise healthy "40-something"
woman may well have been a suitable potential donor of several vital organs.
I was left wondering whether organ donation had been considered by either
her medical team or the family. Certainly, inclusion of the active sharing
of the "gift of life" would have made her personal legacy more profound and
this fine piece of literature even more moving.
Friedman AL. The Positive Aspect of Tragedy: A Matter of Perspective. JAMA. 1998;279(18):1441. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-18-jac80006