Is there a shortage of hospital beds in Singapore government hospital?
Lisa died of ovarian cancer some months back.
On the last few days before she died, she was placed in a 6-room ward.
With 5 other much younger mothers who had just given birth.
Lisa was unconscious and had an oxygen mask over her face. There were about 20 of us there who were gathering around Lisa, and some cried.
On the other hand, the other 5 patients laid on the bed and kept to themself, some holding their newborn babies, some chatting with their hubbies.
I found it pretty ironic how we all ended up in the same room. A simple reason was that the gynaecology department deals with both life and death -pregnant women and also patients with reproductive system issues such as ovarian cancer.
I felt sorry for the fellow patients. They seem to be containing their joy for the newborn, because it doesn't seem socially appropriate to be celebrating a new family member when you are beside people who are going to lose one.
Many of the ladies pulled the curtains, so that they can have some privacy, and be less mindful of the existence of the dying. We even volunteered to help the patient next to us to pull her curtains, knowing that she may be too weak to do so.
She was grateful and smiled at us with gratitude. And rightfully so.
Life and death was just a curtain away.
Not long after, Lisa was voluntarily upgraded to a 1-room ward by the hospital. A tad too late, but better late than never.
About the Author: Shingo T wonders if the hospitals that Doctor Stiletto Girl works in is this crowded.