The Divine Always Compensates. Flash Fiction.

Cardiac resusitation

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Elizabeth stopped what she was doing immediately, when she got the solemn news. Her mother had just taken ill with a heart attack and was in a critical condition in hospital. She grabbed her bag, picked up her cell phone, and made a mad dash for the exit of the building.

Heart pumping faster than ever, Elizabeth ran to the elevated ramp, got into her car, and drove faster than she’d ever done before! This was the woman who had fed her, clothed her, nursed her through many illnesses, not to mention her mother’s love, counselling, and sleepless sacrifice. They were very close, all three of them, and Elizabeth’s sister was already at the hospital when she phoned …when she conveyed the terrible news to her elder sister.

Alas! Elizabeth arrived at the hospital too late. By the time she made her way to the Coronary Care Unit, Level six, St. Mc Donald’s Hospital, her mother had died. Elizabeth arrived to the silence of doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, porters, her sister …all around her mother’s bedside. They had done their best, she was told, but mum had suffered a massive internal bleed – cardiac tamponade – they called it, and they could not help her. Elizabeth collapsed, vaguely seeing the hand of her sister, still holding her mother’s, before she hit the floor.

Then began a period of mourning, not eating, sleepless nights, exhaustion. Elizabeth took this really hard, especially so, as she had not been there to say goodbye. Her poor sister had to make all the funeral arrangements, talk to the funeral agency, relatives, florists, doctors, lawyers …until Elizabeth was well enough, nearly two weeks later, to attend her own mothers funeral.

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Fast forward to two months later. Elizabeth has finally managed to go out into the open. She is in a shopping precinct, when she hears what sounds like a thud behind her. Elizabeth turns around, and an elderly looking woman, almost her mother’s age, perhaps, has collapsed to the floor of the supermarket. As her body turned blue and her jaws became rigid, Elizabeth sprang into action. God damn! She wasn’t going to let this one die.

Elizabeth had no knowledge of first aid. All she knew was what she had seen on TV. Shouting for help, she got down on her knees and started mouth to mouth breathing, and quick as a flash, a gentleman joined her to do the cardiac compressions. For twenty minutes they worked on this elderly lady.

Thirty compression to two breaths …thirty compressions to two breaths … until and ambulance crew turned up and took over. One crew member took the details from Elizabeth, but she was tired, in a daze and praying for the woman to survive.

Fast forward to three months later. Elizabeth is in a beautiful relationship, feeling much better about herself, when she receives a telephone call.


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“Hello!”

“Hello!” Are you Elizabeth?” said an unknown female voice.

“Yes?”

Are you the woman who resuscitated my mother at the supermarket some three months ago?”

Elizabeth pauses …

“Not to worry, the voice continued. Our mom passed peacefully, but she recovered consciousness long enough for us to say goodbye. For this the family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to you.”

Elizabeth expressed her thanks and empathy, and put the phone down. She had made a difference. Another family had managed to obtain what she solely missed. Now not only her eyes, but her very Soul was filled with tears of joy.

Six weeks later, at the age 45, she was married. Her partner, now husband, was the very man who had assisted her, on that fateful day at the supermarket.

-Manatita, 22nd February, 2016

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Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

What a sad, but nice story at the end. I have not ever had to assist in something like that. I have taken the CPR course twice, and hope I would still remember how to help if the time comes that I would need to use it. I should refresh, maybe I'll get to do that one day again.

I think this was a story of inspiration. It tells of something that can burden a soul then brings it back to life in a turn of coincidence. It's nice. :)


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Yes, Missy. You show a good grasp. The Law of Compensation. God takes from us, only to give us something even more beautiful! Thank you so much!


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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

It's hard not to like this story. Sweet melancholy, my friend, and as always, love rules the day.

Love it!

blessings always


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Thank you so much, Bill. Yes, I wanted to give it a sweet ending. So happy that you like it. Much Love.


Kathleen Kerswig 7 months ago

I believe that the Universe is constantly conspiring for us, not against us. Life is filled with challenges but I have learned how to find the blessings in everything. And that allows me to enjoy a life today that is second to none. Thank you for sharing this story with us. Blessings!


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Thanks Kathleen. You are truly blessed. This kind of info that you share, can only come from your Heart and Soul. Thanks for your wonderful input.


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emge 7 months ago from Abu Dhabi

Sad but lovely tale. You have the art of captivating the reader. Well done.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Yes, Bro. I love to do this. All should flow, like a river ...ha ha. thank you so much!


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always exploring 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

I loved your story of sadness then joy and happiness. I felt like I was back in the ER working to save a life. You've weaved a sweet story of compassion and perhaps some experience since your days in the medical field. Thanks for the share.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Ruby,

Ha ha. 90% of the time I'm writing purely from 'feel,' from intuition, whether it's prose or poetry. I start, have a vague sense of where I'm wanting to go, and the rest follows. I guess having some experience helps, but the way of weaving the story; adding consistency and flow, is a pure art form.

So glad you liked it, Ruby. From one pro to another, I envy your retirement. How I long to lie on my hammock in the Caribbean sunshine. Then you can add the cocktail and a beautiful blonde ..Chuckle...chuckle.

Thank you so much!


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean

Amid all the sadness, you managed to conclude with a happy ending. It happens. Thanks for a good story.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Hi Dee,

Interestingly enough, I suppose we can say that this is what God does. We are in isolation/separation from our true Source. So the illusion; the dream, is necessary, in so far as it pushes us to seek; to yearn ..

This makes it easier for the Graces from the Universe to come calling... to as many as receives, He gives the power to do impossible things; even to become Sons of Him.

Wow! Didn't know I was going to say all that stuff. So happy you came, my Dear. In Our Beloved's Heart of Love and Beauty.


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AliciaC 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely story, despite the sadness that it contains. Elizabeth deserves her happiness!


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Too true, Alicia. Thank you so much. Have a great day!


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Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton

wow what a tug at the heart story manatita.. I love the title.. too thank you for sharing this with us


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aviannovice 7 months ago from Stillwater, OK

A wonderful story with two happy endings. Sometimes tragedy can beget even wonderful things. Thanks for providing this hope for all of us.


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manatita44 7 months ago from london Author

Once again I thank you, my sweet Friend. Much Love.


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rajan jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Nice moving story. The divine has a way of dispensing justice and compensating.


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manatita44 6 months ago from london Author

Thank you, Rajan, You understand. Much Love.


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bravewarrior 6 months ago from Central Florida

What a beautiful ending! Talk about kismet! I got goosebumps when I learned Elizabeth had married the man that helped her resuscitate the woman in the grocery store. Everything for a reason......


manatita44 6 months ago

Ha ha. I like to end it nice. Love your sentiment here, Shauna.


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manatita44 3 months ago from london Author

Frank, thank you so much! Much Love, my Brother.


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johnmariow 2 weeks ago from Connecticut

A sad bittersweet story with a beautiful ending. Thanks for sharing.


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manatita44 2 weeks ago from london Author

Thank you, John. I appreciate this. I really loved your 'horse' story. See you again.

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