Bad News 1
What did the nurse say?
Dad's in pretty bad shape. She said to hurry back.
Hello... I need a cab right away. It's an emergency.
Kevin... I'm sorry, we shouldn't be arguing at a time like this. We need each other.
Let me take you to your father. Before you see him there's something I want to tell you. Your father has just had another heart attack, and at this point it does not look good.
What are you saying? He made it through the first one...
Well… not entirely. And the second heart attack was more massive.
Aren't there any new drugs you could give him?
There are new drugs, but they won't help... not in his current condition.I'm very sorry. You should probably notify any other members of the family.
Hello. I'm Father O'Connor.
Oh, Father, thank you for coming...
I want you to know I'm here for you and your family. Is this your father?
Can we talk for a minute?
Tell me about your father's condition.
My father just had his second serious heart attack in the last two days.
I'm so sorry… It must be very difficult for you. Are you very close to your father?
Yes. Kevin lives with my dad. I did, too, until recently. We're all pretty close.
And your mother...?
My mother died of lung cancer almost twelve years ago.
What a loss. Now, are there any other family members besides the two of you?
Not really. There are some relatives in Ireland, but we've never met them. We have a great aunt on my mother's side, and... uh, my father's brother, Brendan...
Oh, your father has a brother? Does he know your father's in the hospital?
No, he lives in Illinois. He has a farm there. My father and uncle don't talk to each other. They haven't for years.
Maybe this is the time for them to make peace... Perhaps you should call him.
I don't want to upset my father. Maybe Kevin and I need to talk before we do anything.
Give it some thought. I will begin my prayers for your father. God bless you.