Reducing the Harm

Christina Frangou – Alberta Views – October 2018
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Life and How to Leave It

“A nurse wheeled in a cart topped with 10 needles, laid across a white sheet and set out in the order they were to be administered. Four had the circumference of a loonie. The smaller needles were filled with saline, to be pushed through McGrath’s IV after each medication to clear the tube and prevent adverse reactions. With the arrival of the cart, one of his daughters walked out into the hallway. She’d already told her dad that she did not want to witness what was about to transpire. ‘We’re making history,’ said one nurse to another, standing near the back of the room.”

Christina Frangou – Swerve – April 2017