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A father raises two sons, but two sons don’t take care of a father

Language: English
Country: Italy
Typology: health care professionals
This is the story of a patient of seventy-nine years old with diabetes, hypertension and other less serious diseases. He was a widower, with two sons, who were not at all interested in their father. He had difficulty in walking, he was visibly depressed and with a neglected appearance. I was struck by the fact that, despite their father’s health problems and the death of their mother, his sons did not take care of the only parent who was still alive and this hurt the patient a lot. I tried to establish a relation with him, to help him (as much as possible) to relate and accept, or rather try to accept, his condition, but the patient remained only five days in my department and, to be honest, he was not so lucky: he started to talk with me a little bit, but the family situation has remained the same.

Date: 11/11/2013

Posted by Agne (Lithuania)

Unfortunately, these days it occurs very often. I often nurse the patients, who are ignored by their relatives too,and it is really very sad

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