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aortic dissection, motherhood, emergency medicine, postpartum risk, gratitude, empathy


This essay describes the human connection forged between two young moms, one the physician and one the patient, when their paths collided one night in the emergency department of a busy hospital. It describes a challenging and most memorable care experience in the career of a young emergency physician, the clinical outcome, and the patient’s appreciative follow-up message years later.




January 25th, 2022


March 28th, 2022


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