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The Clatter of the Hospital Room
New York Times

Clasping her chest and struggling to breathe, the small, birdlike woman had landed once again in the hospital for complications of kidney failure. It was her third visit in the last year and now, with fluid building up around her heart, she had come back in, but only after her family had pleaded with her for a day to do so. “Oh, it’s not because I don’t want to feel better,” she fumed as she lay gasping on her hospital bed.

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