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The St Thomas's doctor who felt his dying wife’s presence



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The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

Jane Herbert's mother died when she was 12, and after she had died her father told her the following story.

My mother had, been suffering for two years from a medullary blastoma (brain tumour] only discovered post mortem. She obviously had been deteriorating slowly but her death was not expected imminently. She was in and out of St Thomas's Hospital and was experiencing another stay there when she died. My father (a Cambridge/St Thomas's doctor) is not a man given to flights of fancy, nor is he particularly religious. He was lying in bed one night, reading, when he heard, or felt my mother's voice or presence. He 'understood,' from her that she was ‘going’ and he put his book down and just said ‘It’s all right darling.’  Ten minutes later, St Thomas's phoned, to say that she had died.

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Brain tumour