My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence

My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence

My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence

My Brother Bill: An Affectionate Reminiscence

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Bill's death occurred on a summer night that could have been taken straight from the pages of his Light in August , except that it was July, in the early part of the month. It was soon after midnight in the beginning hours of July 6th.

He had been in the hospital for several days. Earlier he had had a bad fall from a horse and he was in there for a general checkup as was usual, periodically, the last few years of his life. He had been given his final tests, they had found nothing radically wrong and he was ready to come home. Then death struck.

It was unexpected, the kind of thrombosis that is undetectable until it strikes. If the first attack is light enough, the victim survives and treatment can be instituted that will correct the condition in the future. In such cases the patient can look forward to a future of almost normal years. About half the time in such attacks the patient does survive. In the other half he dies. Such was Bill's case. He died that morning in spite of all the doctors could do.

As the doctors explained it to us, a thrombosis is a stoppage . . .

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