Why an ER Doctor Looks at Patient’s Facebook Pages After They Die
owe it to someone to do something: to have a responsibility or duty to do something for someone
Emergency room doctor Louis M. Profeta says when a patient dies, he always looks at their Facebook page. He explains why in an article titled, I’ll Look at Your Facebook Profile Before I Tell Your Mother You’re Dead.
He says that he is sometimes angry when someone needlessly dies because of poor decisions like drunk driving or drugs. By looking at their Facebook, he learns about the person’s life. He sees their happy moments, family pictures, and interests. It reminds the doctor that this was someone’s child, friend, or partner.
Dr. Profeta feels it’s his responsibility to know who the patient was before sharing the bad news with the family.
He explains, “You see, I’m about to change their lives — your mom and dad, that is. In about five minutes, they will never be the same, they will never be happy again.”
“I owe it to them to learn just a bit about you before I go in.”
1. I owe it to my parents to graduate, considering all they’ve sacrificed for my education.
2. We owe it to future generations to protect the environment.
3. She trained me when I started the job, so I owe it to her to help when she’s overloaded.