First Responders

To the Editor;

            Kudos to the first responders!

            I owe my survival to the Mattapoisett Police Emergency Medical Service, staffed by paramedics and police officers trained to assist. After I suffered a near fatal aortic tear, they arrived on the scene in minutes, provided Advanced Life Support and rushed me to St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Room where doctors assessed the situation and sent me immediately to Boston for emergency cardiac surgery, which was followed by a week of medically-induced coma and two weeks of inpatient rehab. Without these First Responders, I could not have written a chapbook of poems chronicling my unexpected recovery. The collection has just been published, December 2021, by Lily Poetry Review Books.

            Robbie Gamble RN and poet, says of the book: “With precise language and deep self-awareness, Margot Wizansky writes her way through the aftermath of a near-fatal medical emergency that left her in a week-long coma and months of gradual rehabilitation. Her poems thoughtfully consider her family’s stunned love in crisis…the careful dance of redefining intimacy with her husband as her body and mind return to her…”

Margot Wizansky, Mattapoisett

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