“I have seen the life pass from individuals too numerous to count – men, women, and children – as they died in my presence. And I have on countless occasions borne the unpleasant responsibility of breaking the gut-wrenching news to family members and friends – who just hours prior saw their spouses or loved ones off to work or school – that the person whom they once loved so very dearly in life, had now passed on to the world of the dead. I have heard the wailing and the screaming of grieving mothers, and I have seen the faces of the victims’ fathers age before my very eyes. I have often felt that for every family to whom I have given the terrible news, I myself have sacrificed at least a few days of my own life.”
– Dr. James Cole
A quote from Trauma: My Life As An Emergency Surgeon by Dr. James Cole
This paragraph of text shows the personal hardship a trauma surgeon, or any physician for that matter, must endure with each patient they are unable to save.