A Canadian doctor has written a heartfelt letter to his colleagues explaining why he was so shocked when he received the flowers that saved his life.
A doctor received a gift of flowers from his colleague who had been hospitalized with a fatal heart condition.
“I thought, ‘What the hell?
What did I just do?'”
Dr. Robert Wainwright wrote in his letter to colleagues.
He said he received his flowers in the mail from a colleague who was “truly touched” and wished to thank him for saving his life, but was surprised when he opened the package and saw that he had not received the bouquet of white rose petals that he was supposed to receive.
His colleague said that, while she was not aware of the circumstances surrounding the death of his colleague, she was in disbelief and said she was very saddened by the gift.
“I felt a bit like I had just been thrown out of a helicopter, and I’m sorry for that,” Dr. Wainwork wrote.
While the bouquets had been presented as gifts before, the gift of the rose petal was unusual, because it came from someone who had not been on the receiving end of a heart attack, Dr. J.J. Wray told CBC News.
The flowers had been donated to a woman named Marie, who was in the hospital with a heart condition and needed an infusion of life-saving blood.
Dr. Way said that while the two people who had received the roses were very close, the woman had been in hospital for a while and could not be reached by phone.
“It was a little bit heartbreaking for the person who had to see the flowers and to have to see someone else, to have someone that had been a patient and had cared for her,” he said.
One of the patients, Dr Wainwer, had received a heart transplant in 2012 and was undergoing a second one in 2017.
He said he did not know the reason for the transplant.
Despite his heart transplant, DrWainwer said he still carries the pain of having the roses from his colleagues on his chest.
For the rest of his life he will never forget the feeling of feeling like the world was ending, he said, adding that he would “always love the roses that I received” and would “never forget them.”
He will also always remember the woman who gave him the roses, Dr J.W.Way said.