Sarah had to write a personal narrative at school. She’s in 5th grade and came home to tell me she had written about what happened the day Catherine died. The below is published with her permission and all my love.
“Give CPR!” I heard my mom yell at 5:25 in the morning. The first thought I had was OMG this is the day, my sister is going to die. All I could hear was my mom screaming in agony. I then decided to see what was happening. When I walked out of the room, I saw my dad yank open the door really hard which scared me half to death because it was so loud. Not like I was already scared half to death! As soon as I got downstairs, I heard talking and saw like “2,000,000” people downstairs, more like 20. Straight away my mom told my dad to comfort me and hold me. We then went downstairs again to get ready to go to the hospital. I threw on some random pants with a random shirt. I then grabbed my blue ipad because my dad warned me it might be a while. My mom got into the beeping ambulance with my sister and before I knew it, they were gone.
My dad locked the icy cold door and went to the car through the garage. As I got into the car, I noticed that our navigation system was cracked and broken. I started to freak out! I was about to tell my dad but then I remembered that someone had vandalized our car a couple days ago. Meanwhile, I was sitting in the back seat with my black and silver headphones on, I was completely shaking. I was feeling nervous and anxious to know what was going on and what had happened. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and my throat felt like it was tightening. I was so scared and wanted to be with my mom, dad, and mainly my sister.
As we pulled up to the
bright red emergency door, I was rushing in to find my sister. The first thing
we had to do was go to the reception desk and get our check – in bracelets.
When my dad told them why we were here and where we were going, I noticed
something quite strange.
“My dad sure is talking
camly for the situation,” I thought. After a couple minutes of walking up and
down hallways, we finally found her. It was pretty obvious where she was
because there were about 30 people standing around one room and one person.
Beneath the crowd of people I finally found my mom. However, as soon as I came
up to her, she told me to go to the empty room right beside where she was
In my head I thought, “
Why can’t I be with her? Why can’t I see my sister? My best friend!” All I
wanted to do was give up.
“I need to go to the
bathroom,” I told my dad. But really all I wanted to do was go and see my
sister. I was lucky because I could do both. I walked across the tile hallway
all the way till I got to the bathroom. Before I went in, I got a sneak peak of
Catherine, my sister. I saw a bunch of people standing in the room and
outside of the room. I could hear pounding and talking, but I didn’t know why.
When I go back to the
room, I asked my dad what the pounding was.
“I don’t know what that
is actually,” he said. So, I just assumed that it was the CPR machine pressing
down on Catherine’s chest. I waited, and waited, and waited for something to
happen. I started to just stare into space. Then, my dad started talking. I
don’t know if it was to me or someone else but………. all I was thinking
about was wanting to go to sleep. I mean, it was only 6:25 in the morning and I
had school today. The next thing I knew my mom walked into the room and kept
talking and hugging my dad. I was eager to know what was happening so I asked
her and she said that the doctors were working on Catherine and that there was hope.
I then heard someone walking by the small room we were in. I had no idea who it
was because all the blinds on the windows were closed and there was no way to
open them from my point of view. Then, a women with blond hair and blue eyes
came into our room. She was wearing a blue nurses outfit and pitch black shoes.
“Mommy, who is that?” I
“It’s my friend. She’s a doctor,” she replied.
“I’m so sorry,” her friend, the doctor, said. I instantly knew what happened. She’s gone.