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Comforts of Home

 

Tamera Leal
I have been a nurse for more than 20 years; many of those years spent at the bedside taking care of high-risk pregnant mothers.

I remember one patient in particular, a young woman expecting quadruplets. I was chosen by her to be one of her primary nurses. I bonded with my patient and the family and although her daughter and husband lived in a different state, they continued to visit her monthly. I soon began bringing her meals from home (I love to cook) and laundering her clothes on my days off. I wanted to give her the comforts of family and home while her loved ones were away.

Prior to delivery, she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and within weeks underwent an emergency C-section. My patient delivered four healthy babies, but suffered a postpartum hemorrhage following the delivery. I immediately drove to the hospital to be at her bedside, stroking her hair and giving her words of encouragement and hope.

When she was transferred back to postpartum, I continued to care for her. I remember the first day I saw her when she returned to my unit. She looked at me and said, “I heard your voice, speaking softly while I was in the ICU -- the voice of an angel.”

— Tamara Leal
SCM Postpartum
WIS Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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