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Routine ER page. He says it's a COPDer.
This will be easy—nebs, steroids, O2. Home in a day.
“What about the murmur?” I ask
“No worries, it's innocent.”
Just what I wanted to hear.
Admit to floor; return to bed.
3 a.m. nurse is calling. Looks worse.
“I can't breathe.”
Smell of fear. Lunge for my arm. Dead.
Autopsy: pinpoint aortic stenosis.
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