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The Fragility of Life

I could have lost a daughter in childbirth on Saturday.

My daughter almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in mere seconds after an emergency C-section.

Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten people, descended on her in the recovery room, whipped off all sheets and even her nightgown which upset her husband.

He had to be dragged out and told why she was treated like a piece of meat, naked with doors left wide open to the public corridor.

Life comes before propriety.

No one stops to close a door when a life is at stake.

An hour later,

I gazed down at her limp form,

As a tear trickled down her pale face.

She whispered,

“I felt myself slipping away…”

My daughter  thought for a moment that she was dying.

Actually, she was dying.

Years ago she would have died.

In the third world, she would have died,

As the result of a series of complications that no one could have foreseen.

Her husband carried her weak body to the washroom.

The nurse held her new son’s weight, as she nursed.

Life and death are not as far apart as I had presumed.

Life is precarious.

Life is fragile.

Life is precious.

I treasure my new grandson.

I treasure my now anemic daughter who will take two months to rebuild her strength and heal her blood levels.

I treasure life.

About melanie jean juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.

6 comments on “The Fragility of Life

  1. I love how you said “Life comes before propriety.” So true.
    Oh, congratulations for having a new grandson. 🙂
    And your daughter, madam, she’s a fighter.

  2. You are very lucky to be able to keep both of them 😀
    Congratulations with your grandson.

  3. I’m so happy both of them survived. May they continue to thrive.

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