Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Someone watching over me (Part 1)

He looks down hard at the piece of paper the doctor has handed to him. It is a form of some kind… neatly printed out with check boxes alongside lines of text that explains the choices available. He has been requested to tick his option and sign at the bottom of the form.

'Can you give me some time, Doc… please..,' he says.

'Okay,' the doctor replies. 'But don’t take too long. I am sorry to have to ask you to do this.' The doctor gives him a gentle squeeze on his arm as he leaves the room.

The room in the Intensive Care Unit is quiet now except for the rhythmic beeps coming from the life monitoring machine. Tubes and wires are connected all over the patient who is now in a deep state of unconsciousness.

Amir looks at the pale-white face of his wife Maryam lying on the hospital bed… and his eyes slowly starts to well up with tears.

He speaks to her in that soft and gentle voice of his. 'Yam, I don’t know what to do… they have asked me to choose. I know I made a promise to you that we will save the baby… but I can’t do that. Yes, we have waited for ten years to get him. But… I can’t let you go. I just can’t…'

'It no longer matters to me that we might not have another baby… because I don’t think I can find another you. I am sorry to break my promise… but I want you to come back. Please.'

He wipes away the tears that have wetted his cheeks. He ticks a box on the form, signs it and leaves the room to pass the paper back to the doctor.

The doctor takes a look at the form and then nods in agreement.

'We will try our best to save them both,' he trys to reassure the man who has just signed the consent.

The doctor then directs his surgery team to move into action. The clear and specific instruction being that in case of any life-threatening emergency, the mother's life comes first.

16 comments:

Pak Zawi said...

Oldstock,
Given such a choice I would do the same.

eddy said...

Buat suspen sahaja Bro..

lili said...

Wow, I was about to ask you what's keeping you from updating your blog, when out came this 'cerpen'!

The last one you wrote has no sequel yet. How come? ;-)

Kama At-Tarawis said...

how sweet..

Oldstock said...

Pak Zawi,

I guess I would too..

Oldstock said...

Eddy, jangan suspen dulu bro... tunggu the next part.

Oldstock said...

Lili, yes this blog has not been updated for quite a while. Something happened on the work front that has caused a bit of uncertainty... tu yg dok takde masa nak post anything.

The earlier short piece punya sequel is in my mind somewhere... tunggu things cool down sikit baru boleh sambung kot. But the next part of this piece will come first.

Oldstock said...

Kak Kama, the next part may not be, jeng3x...

HLiza said...

Nak tanya sama macam Lili..

Justiffa said...

Oldstock jgn biar suspense lama2.. ole tickers like mine might not be able to stand it lol.

eddy said...

When one door closes, another door opens.

LadyMarko said...

...sambungan please...

KiMoira said...

boss,this is so moving!

drwati said...

salam mr oldstock,

nanti buku keluar saya nak signed copy ok :P bestlah

just to inform you that i've got malcolm gladwell's tipping point, blink and outliers from the library, finished outliers and now reading blink, tapi what the dog saw takde kat library--thanks! he's brilliant.

Pill Pusher said...

will it be continued with..

"Dr House suddenly emerged into the OT and screamed "STOP THIS OPERATION" ?

Nurie said...

NAK CERITA LAGI DAN LAGI DAN LAGI......!!