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Photo: Heartwarming doctor's letter to deceased patient's husband

The doctor said it was the first letter he's written to a patient's family in his 20 years of work

By EMS1 Staff

NEW YORK — A New York emergency room doctor's heartfelt letter to a patient has gone viral after being posted online.

The New York Presbyterian Hospital doctor, whose name has been removed from images of the letter, wrote to a patient's husband after she reportedly died of breast cancer, according to Yahoo News.

The letter has received more than a two million views on the popular site Reddit with thousands of comments.

In an interview, a 24-year-old man who first posted the letter said the outpouring of support from the Reddit community have comforted him with the loss of his mother.

Below is the letter:

Comments
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Dee Fennessy Dee Fennessy Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:09:58 PM beautiful :)
Carie Farrenkopf Carie Farrenkopf Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:42:09 PM <3
LaTavia Wiggins LaTavia Wiggins Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:44:50 PM Beautifully stated.
Jan Vandenbos Jan Vandenbos Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:51:59 PM Awesome.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:01:35 PM What a marvelous and sincere condolence. The people that are treated by this doctor, and the hospital, should be very proud to have such a compassionate doctor on their staff. I have heard stories of the hectic pace of this hospital ED so for him to reach out in such a way should make us all rethink how we interact with our patients. My wife and I are blessed to now be "retired" in a rural area and volunteer as medics. Our policy is to do home visit follow-ups on our resident patient encounters to let them know we care and find out what outcomes and healthcare changes were implemented after we interacted. The pts certainbly seem to appreciate it.
Barb Hutchinson-Pante Barb Hutchinson-Pante Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:14:32 PM This doctor is clearly someone special! How many doctors take the time to really pay attention to the families with the patients......If more doctors were like this, it would make families of those that pass feel a bit more at peace knowing that someone cared as much as the family. Sense of love, care, devotion and pride at being a physician.
Paul Johnsen Paul Johnsen Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:36:38 PM WOW. That was really nice of that doctor to take the time no it of his busy schedule to write that letter. I hope I come across a Dr like that when one of my family members pass on
Tracie Lynn Tracie Lynn Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:56:43 PM :'}
Joyce Dobervich Joyce Dobervich Friday, February 15, 2013 7:31:59 AM Very touching...
Kathie McCarter Kathie McCarter Friday, February 15, 2013 7:41:33 AM Heart of Gold MD!
Jeff Weldon Jeff Weldon Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:20:47 AM I wish more of us (medical professionals) could be as attentive & feel free to share our heart felt reactions towards the people we care for. I believe that there are alot more of us out there afraid to share how we feel. Maybe because of politics, etc. Thank you Dr Who for sharing.
Evans Lucas Evans Lucas Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:59:27 AM Touching in deed.

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