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26 January 2007

The day after the dark night of the soul - preview

Greta McGough is grateful for tomorrows

Illustration: Greta McGough

Illustration: Greta McGough
In May 2005, the unthinkable happened
  • A phone-call telling us that our daughter had suffered an aneurysm, and we should come as quickly as possible
  • She was at the other end of the country, and had been taken in for emergency cardiac surgery
  • We were warned that we should be prepared for the possibility that she would not survive or be alive when we got to her
  • We managed to get on a plane
  • It was four days after her twenty-fourth birthday

  • Eight hours later, the surgeon emerged from working on her, and announced that she was alive
  • She was on life support, and stayed in intensive care for a couple of weeks, then to the cardiac ward
  • The 'repairs' went wrong twice again during that time, and she required emergency surgery again, but two months later she was discharged
  • I stayed with her day and night in the hospital throughout that time
  • I cannot describe how it felt to watch her struggle against the odds to survive
  • I suppose I was on auto-pilot
  • The main thing was that I was there, and we talked long and seriously about many things
  • It was definitely a time that changed all our lives and many of our attitudes

  • Greta McGough

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