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Dying boy tells nurse she should hug his mother for him when she saw her in three months

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021138

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Love is the Link – Dr Pamela Kircher

One interesting story was told by a nurse who had cared in a hospital for a terminally-ill adolescent for six months prior to the teenager's death. One night at 2:35 a.m. the nurse awoke at home from a sound sleep and felt that the boy was standing next to her bed. She could see him very clearly and was surprised to see that he was wearing a new baseball cap. She asked him what he was doing in her room. The boy said that he had come to tell her that he was all right and that the nurse should hug his mother for him when she saw her in three months.

The nurse then went back to sleep, thinking that she must have had a very vivid dream. She couldn't shake the feeling the next morning, so she called the hospital to check on the boy. After a long pause, the other nurse told her that the boy had died unexpectedly at around 3 a.m.

The nurse had nearly forgotten the "dream" 'when she was attending a funeral of another patient three months later. The first patient's mother walked up to her at the cemetery-even though she had always sworn that if her son died, she would never return to that city. The nurse told her about her vision and asked if she had ever seen that baseball cap. The mother laughed and said that she had bought the hat for her son, but had not yet had time to take it to the hospital on the night that her son died. She said that she, too, had felt the presence of her son intermittently over the past three months. It was very comforting to her that her son had wanted to reassure her, but still puzzling as to how he knew about the baseball cap and how he knew that his mother would be in the city in three months and would meet the nurse at that time.

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans