From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 20

His brief but tormented young life was punctuated by recurring visits to hospital emergency rooms for treatment of unexplained, questionable injuries too numerous to count. The family, friends and social system that were intended to protect this young lad failed him miserably.

On his last hospital admission, this battered and wounded youngster received exceptional care. The nurse who was taking care of this broken four-year-old climbed into his bed, lay down next to him and cuddled him close to her heart. She stroked his forehead and sang soft lullabies in his ear until he fell asleep. That night he closed his eyes for the last time, and those beautiful lullabies were the last sounds he would ever hear.

Laura Hayes Lagana

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