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When Do We Let Go and Let God Barbara Huttmans Crime of Compassion is a very admirable story Huttman begins the essay with the dramatic scene of her as a guest on the Phil Donahue show The illustration of the fatted calf and the audience a two hundred-strong flock of vultures hungering to pick up the bones555 brought graphic detail on how the public views the controversial decision she made as a nurse and friend Not pushing the code blue button for the fifty-second time that month allowing her patient to end his constant pain and permitting nature to take its course was the only so called crime Huttman committed If the television show had allowed time for the full story the audience and everyone watching would have come to realize she did the only thing spiritually and emotionally she could This becomes completely clear as she tells the devastating story of this dynamic muscular police officer and his family discovering he had lung cancer The narrative of the six months following the patients discovery of his lung cancer is a very gripping description The way she introduces you to the patient Mac and his wife Maura pulls the reader in emotionally With these emotions raised Huttman explains her daily routine of helping this now weak and helpless man struggle to stay alive The examples of the liquid food fed to him through a stomach tube the intravenous lines connected to him for all medications and the oxygen mask that forced air into his lungs to breath point out how frail this once dynamic man truly had become She then goes on to put in plain words the horrific toll this last six-month hospital stay had put on Mac Forcing the reader to visualize and almost feel the pain of this skeleton man with his bed soars bone-on-bone pain and his now uncontrollable bowels and bladder The time after
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