A personal note written by an emergency room doctor at New York's Presbyterian Hospital to a deceased woman's family has gone viral, after the patient's son posted it on Reddit.

According to the 24-year-old Redditor, his mother had breast cancer, and entered the hospital when she was having trouble breathing. The doctor who treated her had never met her before, but was touched when he learned that she passed away, less than one day later.

Here is the letter he wrote to her surviving spouse.

Dear Mr. [Redacted],

I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs [Redacted] last Sunday in the Emergency Department at [Redacted]. I learned only yesterday about her passing away and wanted to write to you to express my sadness. In my twenty years as a doctor in the Emergency Room, I have never written to a patient or a family member, as our encounters are typically hurried and do not always allow for more personal interaction.

However, in your case, I felt a special connection to your wife [Redacted], who was so engaging and cheerful in spite of her illness and trouble breathing. I was also touched by the fact that you seemed to be a very loving couple. You were highly supportive of her, asking the right questions with calm, care and concern. From my experience as a physician, I find that the love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.

I am sorry for your loss and I hope you can find comfort in the memory of your wife’s great spirit and of your loving bond. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

[Redacted], MD

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