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An exchange of gifts amid the pandemic

By caring for a patient and building bonds with him, we give him a renewed sense of purpose and dignity while he, in turn, reminds us of the sanctity of life

At the hospital, we meet numerous patients with varied conditions every day. A few make a lasting impression, which happens only once in a while.

Recently, we cared for Mr S, who touched our hearts, leaving us a memory that we will cherish for a long time to come. It brought to mind a song from long ago, which opens with the lyrics: "Persons are gifts of God to me, that all come wrapped so differently. Some so tightly, others so loosely, but wrappings are not the gifts."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2020, with the headline 'An exchange of gifts amid the pandemic'. Print Edition | Subscribe