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A Piece of My Mind
March 24/31, 1999

A Mother's Voice

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(12):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.281.12.1065

And they wait.

She has been sitting next to the bed for two days, she tells us. This is not the first time but it will certainly be the last. She came with their mother. They came to us. Mother did not want to come. She wanted no more hospitals, no more medicines, no more machines. She wanted them to let her be. They both heard her, the grown children of this old woman, each time they had taken her to a hospital. They heard her but could not listen; they could not let her go. She is their mother.