posted on Jan, 11 2014 @ 02:46 AM
Family watches online as Iranian woman dies in
A nurse in a Michigan hospital kissed the patient's forehead. More than 6,000 miles away, Sanaz Nezami's family in Iran watched the simple act
over a laptop computer and wept.
Nezami, a vibrant 27-year-old woman who could speak three languages, wanted to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at Michigan Technological
University. Instead, she was brain dead just a few weeks after unpacking her bags in a remote area of the United States, a victim of a fatal beating
by her new husband, according to police.
Nezami's time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula can be marked in days. Her impact, however, will last much longer. Technology allowed family in Iran to
watch her final hours and build an emotional bond with nurses whose compassion for a stranger from an unfamiliar culture gave great comfort to
shocked, grieving relatives a world away.
The family's faith in the staff led to consent for an extraordinary donation: Nezami's heart, lungs and other life-saving organs were transplanted
to seven people in the U.S., a remarkable gift that occurs in less than 1 percent of all cases.
"We wanted God to perform a miracle and bring Sanaz back to life," her sister, Sara Nezami, said in a phone interview from Tehran. "But this is a
miracle. Sanaz gave her life in order to give life."
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The manner in which this scenario played out took me by surprise simply because anytime the US and Iran are involved in a news article it usually
involves vitriolic rhetoric.
The extent this Hospital went to for their patient is pretty extraordinary. To start out they had no idea of where she came from. A nurse began to
google search the patients name and was able to locate and make contact with the family in Iran.
Due to injuries and the little time the patient had left, the family in Iran would not be able to make it to the US in time (red tape for Visa's
etc). The Hospital took the unique step of setting up a live video chat with the family in Iran so they could see their child and speak with medical
staff. In essence, the Hospital staff became extended family and did what the fmialy members would have done if they were present - words of
encouragement, stroking her hair, kissed her on the forehead, etc.
The family, half a world away, who just lost their daughter, made a life altering decision. When their daughter died they allowed the hospital to use
That donation led to 7 people receiving transplants - heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small intestine.
"The family was very clear. They want Americans to know Sanaz loved America," said Wendy Mardak of UW-Organ and Tissue Donation in Madison,
Wis., a regional organ donation agency.
The compassion did not stop with the medical staff -
Nezami was buried Dec. 18 in Marquette's Park Cemetery. As a light snow fell, the hospital's chaplain, the Rev. Leon Jarvis, read Muslim prayers
over the casket while about 20 people, mostly nurses and others who cared for her, watched.
Jarvis, an Episcopal priest, said he pledged to Nezami's father that "as long as I draw breath and live in this city, your daughter will never be
Sometimes we need to be reminded of just how similar we all are, regardless of nationality or religious background.
Anyways, while the story is sad, I found it inspiring and thought I would share it.