He will never forget.
He will never forget how they were so patient with every question asked or how they acted "invisible" when he would break down and cry by his wife's side.
In fact, he's so grateful that he published an open letter in the New York Times, thanking the hospital staff for everything they did for him. In the letter, Peter DeMarco wrote to all the staff that cared for his wife,
How would I have found the strength to have made it through that week without you... How many times did you check in on me to see whether I needed anything, from food to drink, fresh clothes to a hot shower, or to see whether I needed a better explanation of a medical procedure, or just someone to talk to?
The week DeMarco refers to began when his wife, Laura Levis, suffered an asthma attack. It ended with her tragic death at the age of 34. Before she passed, however, the staff helped him out one more time.
When he wanted to spend some alone time with Laura on "the final day," he asked them to help move his recliner towards her bed. However, the staff had another idea in mind.
They asked me to leave the room for a moment, and when I returned, they had shifted Laura to the right side of her bed, leaving just enough room for me to crawl in with her one last time. I asked if they could give us one hour without a single interruption, and they nodded, closing the curtains and the doors, and shutting off the lights.
DeMarco and Levis had been married for over two years, he noted in a separate Facebook post. In that same post, he also said they'd been together for the past 12 years.
But in the many years they'd been together, that final time in the hospital seems to have stood out as an especially important memory, and he thanked the hospital staff for making it happen.
I nestled my body against hers. She looked so beautiful, and I told her so, stroking her hair and face. Pulling her gown down slightly, I kissed her breasts, and laid my head on her chest, feeling it rise and fall with each breath, her heartbeat in my ear. It was our last tender moment as a husband and a wife, and it was more natural and pure and comforting than anything I've ever felt.
Our hearts go out to this man.