Tender moment patient, 75, with incurable stomach cancer comforts her doctor after HE breaks down during horrific prognosis
20:25 GMT, 22 August 2012
Delivering devastating news to a patient and offering them words of comfort afterwards must be one of the hardest parts of the job for any doctor.
But for one New York trauma surgeon, it proved to be too hard – and in a touching role reversal, it was his patient who offered him words of comfort as he broke down in tears.
Just hours before, Dr Sebastian Schubl had assured the 75-year-old woman, Aldred, and her children ahead of her surgery that she would be fine.
But, after finding a 'string of cancer' running through her body on the operating table, he sat down to tell her the heart-breaking diagnosis – that there was nothing he could do.
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Touching: A 75-year-old patient named Aldred comforts her doctor, Dr Sebastian Schubl, when he breaks down after telling her she has incurable stomach cancer
Upbeat: Aldred, a mother of eight, smiles and jokes when she hears the bad prognosis
After he delivered the news, he struggled to maintain his composure, as captured
during an episode of ABC show, NY Med.
'I know you love me, right' Aldred teased him after she heard the news.
'I do,' he responded. 'Kind of a lot. You're the sweetest.'
But when she added, 'First love, right' he could keep up the smiles no longer, and put his head in his hands to hide his tears.
Aldred, who had raised her eight children alone after the death of her husband decades ago, showed her maternal instinct as she reached over and touched her doctor's head.
'Okay, sweetie,' she said soothingly, as he rubbed his eyes.
Friends: Before her operation, Dr Schubl was confident and assured her she'd be fine
Concern: But during the operation, he found a string of tumours in her stomach
Confident: Three of her eight children said they knew she'd fight on. The episode was part of NY Meds on ABC
Before he discovered the cancer, Dr
Schubl was filmed chatting with three of Aldred's grown children, who agreed that their mother will pull through.
But, during surgery, he found her body had been ravaged by the deadly disease.
'I told her, I was like, “Everything’s gonna be fine. We’re gonna fix you today.” And I really believed that,' he said while she was recovering from the surgery.
The moving role reversal came during an
episode of NY Med, an ABC show which follows medical staff and their patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.
The episode with Dr Schubl, a trauma surgeon at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, aired on Tuesday.
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