Of all the horror stories that came out of Japan after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis, this story on CNN hit me the hardest. As nurses, we want to do anything and everything for our patients. We skip lunch (and even potty breaks) to make sure our patients are safe and comfortable. We would do almost anything to save them. I could never imagine leaving a patient behind to die. But that’s just what Fumiko Suzuki had to do.
As the tsunami hit Takata Hospital, Fumiko saved those she could. As she watched the massive wave approach the hospital, she ran up the stairs to safety, leaving behind those she did not have time to save. After the tsunami, she stayed and cared for those who survived.
I cannot even imagine the pain she must go through reliving that moment. I hope she knows she made the only decision she could have at the time and that she can “forgive” herself for having done what she had to. I’ll be praying for her.