While this isn’t my own loss per se, it’s as personal a story as I hope to tell, at least for the foreseeable future.
Around 6 months ago, my best friend’s wife went in for a routine operation, and had an anaphylactic reaction to the anaesthetic. CPR was performed for an hour or so, and she was in the ICU for 20 days. Tests suggested her brain stem was intact but there was no cerebral activity, so she would never regain consciousness.
She passed away the day after her own 39th birthday. I have no words to describe the utter desolation he must be feeling.
It is my friend’s 40th birthday today - the first one since his wife passed. My heart aches.