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Emergency Room   In Memorial of Dr. Mark Greene
29.01.2006 von Jeany

Marks bewegender Abschiedsbrief,
den er kurz vor seinem Tod
(Folge 178 (Staffel 8 "The letter")
während seines Aufenthaltes
auf der hawaiianischen Insel Maui
an das Team der Notaufnahme
des Cook County General Hospital schrieb:

Dear ER gang,

So here I am out on the beach at 5:30 in the evening.
Elisabeth is sitting with me drinking juice, but I`m all about the Mai Tais.
The sun is going down. Rachel is dipping Ella`s toes in the ocean as they head off on a quest for the perfect seashell. Weirdly enough, I find myself thinking, you know what would make this moment complete?
Some jogger dropping to the sand short of breath so I can swoop in with a piece of bamboo to perform a nice clean intubation, fix the guy up, and send him off with a good, simple dispo. Witch I guess is my way of saying that I miss you all and that dingy place. Lots of times I throught I should`ve chosen a diffrent career or gone into private practice. Something easier, less grinding, more lucrative, but since I`ve been gone, I realize that outside of what I`m doing right now, sitting on this beach with my family, staying at County all those years, doing what we do on a daily basis, was the best choice I ever made.
I know what you`re thinking, but trust me, it`s not so hard to appreciate once it`s over. As much as part of me would like to believe that the ER can`t go without me, the smarter part realizes that when it comes to patient care, I know my absence will hardly be felt. As for friendship and camaraderie well thats another matter. In order to leave, I had to go the way I did but I wouldn`t want any of you to think that that meant I didn`t value each of you and the years that we worked together, or that I didn`t have things of a more personal nature to say most of you, I think, have an idea of that those things might be without me writing them down, but still...
Ella is laughing and waving for me. Rachel`s found her shell.

Mark died this morning 6:04 am.
The sun was rising, his favorite time of day. I send this along so that you might know he was thinking of you all and that he appreciated knowing you would remember him well.

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