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Hospital worker pens heartfelt letter to hospitalized teen and it's a shining ray of hope

The social media user and hospital worker wrote a letter to the 14-year-old girl to remind them that life gets better.

Hospital worker pens heartfelt letter to hospitalized teen and it's a shining ray of hope
Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko; (R) Reddit | u/NoCountryForOld_Ben

Trigger warning: The following article mentions suicide which may be distressing to some readers.

It is the most difficult times in our lives that move us and change us. But sometimes, they can test people so much that they even contemplate ending their lives. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the US since 2021. Around 48,000 people died from suicide and over 1.7 million attempted suicide in 2021. While these statistics show that we need to be concerned, some stories give up hope. A person shared such a story on Reddit. They are a hospital worker and care for a 14-year-old girl who had overdosed. They took to the subreddit r/offmychest and wrote a letter to this girl.

Image Source: Reddit | u/NoCountryForOldBen
Image Source: Reddit | u/NoCountryForOld_Ben


They started with, "I hope you love your life, now." Then, they discussed how they cared for the teen when they were hospitalized for a suicide attempt. The girl finally recovered, but she could not remember the hospital staff's name as they were unconscious at the time. The Reddit user also revealed how they had also attempted suicide at the age of 14. They related to the teen as they were covered with scars from cutting at the same. But, later in life, the hospital worker fell in love with their life and was able to lead a better life. They hoped the same for the teen.

Image Source: Photo by Karolina Grabowska
Image Source: Photo by Karolina Grabowska


It was a full circle for them as they treated someone who attempted suicide just like them and at the same age. The short and sweet letter to the teen further read, "I watched you get carried into the ER, being cradled in your mother's arms. Your eyes were closed, you were unconscious. I started an IV and we gave you Narcan. You did this to yourself on purpose. You were only 14. I know you woke up and you were okay, eventually. But you'll never remember me because you weren't awake when I was taking care of you. I was also 14 when I almost died by my own hand. I was covered in cutting scars, just like you were. I hope you love your life, now. Like I love mine."

Image Source: Reddit | u/the-apparator
Image Source: Reddit | u/the-apparator


People on the platform were touched by this post, which garnered 1.4K upvotes. Many commented on it as well to share their own experiences. u/Vernacular82 wrote, "This is so incredibly sweet. I survived a suicide attempt. I will never forget being in the ER, scared and embarrassed. I had a 1:1 'sitter. She was so incredibly kind, non-judgmental, and understanding. She made me feel like I wasn't alone. I will never forget her. I can pretend you are her,' Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring for me and doing so with compassion, empathy, and kindness. You were that first stepping stone on my journey to healing." u/anyone0977 commented, "If someone told me at 14 all I would go through by 40 and how awesome life would be at 40, I would never have believed them." u/Iam4everKiKi shared, "I'm so glad you're still here. I don't know you. I love your soul." This a truly moving story of reaching out to others and supporting them during testing times!

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