By Daniel GroszPublished Nov 06, 2017 11:18:32When a patient goes to a doctor with a complaint about their heart attack or heart failure, he or she can expect to hear a story about how the doctor helped them to recover.
For many patients, that’s what happened to John F. Kennedy Jr. When he died of pneumonia in July of 2020, he was helped to the hospital by a doctor who cared for him through the flu season and the pneumonia-fighting drugs he took.
Kennedy Jr. was also helped by a nurse who treated him in the hospital, and his mother, Susan Kennedy, told the story of how she felt at the time when she heard the news.
“We were very overwhelmed and I had to take a lot of time and thought about it,” Kennedy said.
“I thought, ‘I don’t want my husband to be in the same position.'”
But he was there, and he was able to see us through the crisis,” she said.
Kenneth Kennedy was a good nurse, too.
He had been one of the first to get back to work after his heart attack, in the days following his diagnosis.
Kennett Kennedy, who is now 80, was the oldest surviving family member to survive from the Kennedy family’s insurance company, Kaiser Permanente.
She died at the age of 95.
She said she was told by the doctor who helped Kennedy that he could use the hospital’s emergency room to treat pneumonia and other heart problems.”
When I told him that, I said, ‘It doesn’t sound good, but it will work,'” she said in an interview.”
He said, if you want to help me, I’ll do that.
“The hospital was also able to help Kennedy with his cancer treatment, and then when his cancer returned, it was with the help of a nurse and a doctor at the hospital.
Kennedys daughter, Mary, has said that when she was little, she would play with a toy train and watch it hurt.
She said she remembers being frightened, but that she could not control herself.”
There were times I had nightmares about it, because it was so scary,” she recalled.
Mary Kennedy said she didn’t have the courage to tell her parents about her fear.
But that didn’t stop her from asking them for help.
She also wanted to make sure that her mother had a good memory, because she wanted to tell the stories about her father, her sister and her parents, she said, adding that her father had a long history of heart problems, so she wanted her mother to be there for him.
The family was not only helped by doctors and nurses, but also by a variety of other people, she explained.”
The nurses, the hospital staff and the doctors were very good to us,” she added.
When she first started her own practice, Mary Kennedy said, she had to do a lot to keep up with the medical care she was receiving.
But she said that was part of the experience.”
It was amazing to see the doctor, because he was my first doctor, but he knew my story,” she explained, noting that he had to ask a lot more questions than most doctors.”
If I didn’t ask the right questions, I didn`t get the right treatment,” she continued.”
And I didn”t know what he did.
So it was important for me to be able to tell my story.
“The Kennedy family, like other families, had some financial difficulties.
The family relied on a trust fund that paid for funeral expenses.
But with the trust fund depleted, Mary had to cut corners.
When her husband died in March of 2020 at the ripe old age of 80, the Kennedy siblings were financially in a bind.
Mary said her father was not a wealthy man, but she felt he had taken care of her financially.”
My father was very careful, he gave us money, he would give us things, but we could not afford it,” she remembered.”
But I knew that if I didn�t make a good enough living, he wouldn�t be able [to provide] for me.
“Mary said she could never have imagined what she was going to have to do if her father passed away.”
His last words were that he wanted me to have an active life and that I had a duty to do,” she revealed.”
Now I feel I can do both, and that it will be a good thing for me,” she concluded.