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Die with dignity

Language: English
Country: Italy
Typology: health care professionals
A forty-five year old patient had been hospitalized in the surgery department; she was affected by intestinal tumour; during hospitalization, she was subjected to an intervention of intestinal resection with packaging of colostomy. In the days following the intervention, there were some complications (abdominal skin fistulas secreting faecal material). The patient and her relatives lived this event with much discomfort, due in particular to the pain the fistulas caused her, and the bad smell that never decreased inside the hospital room where she were. After a long hospitalization period, she died. I was struck by the dignity this person showed throughout her illness and the resigned silence of her relatives.

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