In the Hospital, Resisting the Urge to Do More

By JESSICA NUTIK ZITTER, M.D. (New York Time)

There was absolutely no way around it. She was dying. I gave her a few hours at best, with maximum pedal to the metal intensive medical care. Paramedics had picked up this homeless woman after she collapsed under a bridge in Oakland, Calif. Her heart had completely stopped. She had died under that bridge. But the paramedics had somehow pulled her back, with a jump-start to her heart. And then brought her right to my service in the intensive care unit.

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Jessica Nutik Zitter is featured in the upcoming Netflix documentary “Extremis.”

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