After losing his beloved wife, Laura Levis, to a serious asthma attack, Peter DeMarco wrote a letter to every single staff member at CHA Cambridge Hospital that cared for his wife, her family, and himself during this tragic and devastating time.
The letter, published by The New York Times, addressed the doctors, nurses, respiratory specialists, social workers, and cleaning staff workers that were involved in the care for Levis, and it is so beautifully written it will both break your heart and make you happy that love as true as Levis and DeMarco's exists.
DeMarco, a writer from Boston, wrote that he knows everyone who cared for his wife by name, and that he felt he would not have been able to get through this tough time without them.
"Every single one of you treated Laura with such professionalism, and kindness, and dignity as she lay unconscious. When she needed shots, you apologized that it was going to hurt a little, whether or not she could hear. When you listened to her heart and lungs through your stethoscopes, and her gown began to slip, you pulled it up to respectfully cover her. You spread a blanket, not only when her body temperature needed regulating, but also when the room was just a little cold, and you thought she'd sleep more comfortably that way," he wrote.
He went on to talk about how the staff helped Levis' parents feel comfortable in the uncomfortable hospital room, and made sure that they felt involved in the treatment process. The staff even allowed him to sneak in the couple's cat, Cola, into the room to give Levis' face one last lick. During her last night on earth, the staff let DeMarco bring more that 50 of Levis' closest friends, family, and co-workers into her room for a night of guitar playing, opera singing, and dancing, something that DeMarco says was the "last great night of our marriage together, for both of us, and it wouldn't have happened without your support."
The most touching part of the letter is when he talks about his last moments with Levis, after a day of people coming in and our of her room to say goodbye. DeMarco had asked two staff members, Donna and Jen, to help him set up the recliner close to Levis' bed so that he can be close to her while he slept, and they did something even better.
"They asked me to leave the room for a moment, and when I returned, they had shifted Laura to the right side of her bed, leaving just enough room for me to crawl in with her one last time. I asked if they could give us one hour without a single interruption, and they nodded, closing the curtains and the doors, and shutting off the lights."
What followed was their last tender moment together as husband and wife, something DeMarco says he will cherish forever.
"I will remember that last hour together for the rest of my life. It was a gift beyond gifts, and I have Donna and Jen to thank for it. Really, I have all of you to thank for it."