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The Bleak Reality of Socialized Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee

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Looks like Sara Patterson of the Memphis Commercial Appeal forgot the part where they pull the plug on grandma:

Over the drip of intravenous fluid, the pumping of the ventilation machine and the beeping of the heart rate monitor, the rich sound of music pours into Sid Woodard’s hospital room.

The 68-year-old retired Navy man doesn’t say anything — he’s under heavy medication in the intensive care unit at the Memphis Veterans Medical Center — but his family can see a difference after his nurse, Lori Sykes, plays the violin.

“Earlier today, he was getting agitated, realizing he had the tube down his throat, but she started singing and he calmed down,” said his wife, Pat.

The horror . . . the horror . . . .

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