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Death in the Afternoon

It’s a strange sensation when you see someone dying of a heart attack in front of your eyes and it is not a make-believe death on television, Casualty style. This is what we thought, in any case, a few days ago when a man collapsed in front of everybody’s eyes. Doctors were called and an ambulance who duly arrived in no time at all. The paramedics tried every trick in the book, with chest pumping, oxygen, electric shocks, what have you. It was painful watching for a good 30 minutes when I absented myself, fearing for the worst. The following day I was told that the man had not died but was rushed to hospital where he spent a day or two in the Intensive Care Unit. Yesterday I was told that it did not look good for him; he had not come out of an artificial coma yet and doctors were not very hopeful to be able to save his life.

At about the same hour as this heart attack, a cyclist suffered an attack as well, also near Felanitx, and death was diagnosed when the medics arrived.

Human life is such a frailty and we never think about it.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 8th, 2012. The time was 11:56:33.

3 replies »

  1. Human life is certainly fragile, and such events – especially when witnessed – place such things as petty arguments and power struggles into perspective. I truly pray that the person in question makes a full recovery and hope that you also are ok, Klaus.

  2. We people from now are not used to see death any more, we put away everything which looks like death – to hospitals, hospices, homes for the elderly and even “our” wars we do far away …. it is not funny, but it is true …

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