Cyril was terrified of death. In the end, my hospital failed him

At the very end, Cyril* was terrified of death. A nasty infection had developed in his chest and he was struggling to breathe. All members of the team believed that he had only a matter of days to live. Cyril himself was aware in his more placid moments that his time was nearly up. He was accepting of this and, I believe, would have preferred more conservative treatment. However his daughter, understandably struggling to deal with her father’s mortality, was adamant that we try everything.

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