As a doctor, I've often seen death. I've seen things I can't unsee. When you ask a doctor, "What's the worst thing you've ever seen?" chances are, they will not tell you. They will give you a funny little story that turned out well for the patient. The first time I saw death, something surprised me. There were no flashing lights, intense music, people rushing around - all those things you see on television. What struck me was how "undramatic" it was. One moment the patient was here, and the next they were gone. I remember little things about the patients I've lost over the years. I remember the longjohns one man was wearing; I imagined he never thought today would be his last when he put those on under his coveralls. I remember a surgical scar on a man's abdomen, thinking his body will never have a chance to heal again. The grass on the bottom of a women's tennis shoes - she was working the yard when she had a heart attack. The scrape on my dad's knuckle that never got a chance to heal. I'll never forget.
Dr. Zomnir is a family doctor who has chosen to step out of the fray and care for patients with love and compassion.