1999-12-11 / Columnists

Meet The Irish

by Harry McGuirk

We thank everyone for your prayers for Margie what a tough time she had from the time she retired from school (Holy Cross) Brooklyn a few years ago. She made very brave efforts to try having an ordinary lifestyle keeping busy with radio shows, etc. through the pain without complaining. She has had some narrow escapes with doctors shaking their heads in disbelief.

But thanks be to skilled people in hospitals and their interest in Margie’s welfare she has come through several times. Thanks to the God, Lord and friends praying in many creeds. Thanks again. This time around has been very scary. The doctor had been into her to check her heart, lungs, etc. "Not a thing with your heart, not a thing with your lungs, not a thing with you," he declared. It was a very cold night and I was glad when he advised not to worry. The hospital next door would only send you home again. In this cold weather, that would not be good. The doctor left. The lady doctor was on a short break. Next morning she was back. I called her again. She knew Margie. Had seen a doctor. She would come down at lunch break. She did and she immediately called emergency services. In the ambulance Margie was losing her breath. Doctors, nurses, doctors, all hands worked with new equipment and computers. She had less than 50 percent chance. I stayed all night keeping up with tea pots of hot tea. The staff were very helpful. Anyone who has gone through the experience will understand the trauma. Margie is sitting up having full meals now. The hospital will probably put her into therapy to get her standing and into the wheelchair again which will be thanks to helped to save her in the past

God bless you all. Harry and Margie.


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