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[YRP Students' Essays] Laundry Saved Her Life

Have you had an experience that made you part with your parents forever? My mother hovered between life and death. However, she can live and enjoy her life now. This big event is one of my life experiences.

When I was six years old, I took piano lessons. One day, my mother said, "I have a headache, and I feel like I'm going to throw up." After that, she threw up. Although I was worried, my mother made me go to my piano lesson. When I got to the piano lesson, my teacher said, "Your mother was rushed to the hospital." My mind went blank the moment I heard that. My teacher took me to the hospital by car. There, I saw a lot of people who were my relatives in the reception room. They were there because the doctor had told my father that my mother may not be able to live. So my father called all of my relatives: my mother's mother, his own parents, my mother's cousin, my father's brothers, and so on. I waited in that reception room for what seemed like two hours. In reality, it was only about an hour.

When my mother was in the ambulance, her pupils dilated. This is a very serious sign. The name of her illness was subarachnoid hemorrhage. That is, her brain was bleeding internally. A lump formed within a blood vessel inside her brain, and suddenly it exploded. Although I was only six years old, I felt it might be impossible to see my mother again. My mother was unconscious for three days.

Then a miracle happened. My mother had been unconscious for three days, but then she awoke.

According to my mother, there were three factors that led to her recovery. First, she dreamed about our family. In the dream, she thought that I and my younger sister loved my father, so we could live and be happy even without her. Then she thought about a lot of things. At that time, she remembered, "I hung the washing in my home in the morning." She thought, "I can't stay here. I have to go back home." After that she woke up.

Now my mother says, "My life was saved by the laundry."

Secondly, it is thanks to my father. When my mother's aneurysm suddenly struck her down, my father happened to be at home. Therefore, he was able to take her to the hospital more quickly. It is said that a patient's life can be saved depending on how quickly they can receive treatment. Therefore, the fact that my father was at home that day is part of our miracle.

Thirdly, she was fortunate to receive treatment from a very kind and experienced doctor. In this dangerous condition, the doctor did not give up saving my mother's life. The surgery was successful, and she lived.

My mother's life was saved by these miracles. When I think about it objectively, it seems that this situation should of been hard - or maybe impossible - to overcome. However, thanks to many fortunate events, my mother's life was saved. The impossible became possible. The lives of all my family members changed because of these events.

Child Research Net would like to thank the Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School and Aya Iwamoto, student and author, for permitting reproduction of this article on the CRN web site.

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