“Being hit by a car traveling 35mph is equivalent to jumping off a third story building head first.” — Physics 101.
In 1972, I was broadsided by a Marathon taxicab speeding at an estimated 70mph. Pictured is Christine, the Bellevue ER nurse who was instrumental in saving my life. She attended to me for days, even after I was transferred to New York University Hospital’s intensive care unit. I’ve carried her in my heart ever since. For decades I tried in vain to find her, but no source could provide me with her surname.
Last week, while discarding thousands of 35mm slides accumulated over the past 49 years, I inadvertently came across one I must have snapped from my hospital bed while still heavily sedated. After having the slide printed, I enlarged it until I could read her name tag.
Christine Marie Tekverk, R.N., was born in New York City on April 2, 1947. She spent her entire adult life as a nurse. Her last position was at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center in Roslyn, NY where she supervised cardio recovery. So praised and beloved by her patients, her photo was featured on the cover of The American Journal of Nursing following her death from cancer on August 27, 1994. She was 47.
This is National Nurse Month.
If you’ve encountered even one nurse in your life, take time to honor her.
It can never be too soon.
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