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Dear intensive care provider
  1. Upreet Dhaliwal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Upreet Dhaliwal, Medical Education Unit, Medical Humanities Group, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi-95, India; upreetdhaliwal{at}

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Please don't ask me to leave;

Don't make me wait outside while you do

All the things that you're trained to do

That will bring her back from the brink of death.

Let me hold her hand a little longer;

I won't be in the way at all;

Just quietly, quietly, I'll sit, eyes closed,

Willing life back into her ravaged body.

Please …

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