Extraordinary, ordinary doc retires
He still thinks about the ‘‘horrific night’’ he stabilised a heart-attack patient, then was called to another patient who had collapsed and was unconscious.
‘‘In the end they both died. The one I went to couldn’t be resuscitated and I came back to the other one, who had deteriorated and died.’’
The bit that might most affect you was seeing the spouse, the family, ‘‘the distress of people like that is still tough’’.
Cameron upskilled in the care of people who were terminally ill, then worked with Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.
The hospice was fantastic, he says. He recalls a young dying man who loved mountains, and who looked out his window and found the garden outside turned into an icy, snowy mountain scene
‘‘Some people have terrible luck, and some people act in antisocial ways. I think, basically, people are good.’’
thanks to a nurse.
Hospice staff help people come to terms with dying, help them put things right in their lives, Cameron says.
Alison Cameron married Clive three months before he started inWaikanae; they’ve raised six sons there, and they love the town.
Her husband is a strong person, she says. In a job that left some burned out, he had ‘‘inner grit’’.
Clive Cameron has retained his faith in people after so many years dealing with their most intensely personal moments.
‘‘Some people have terrible luck, and some people act in anti-social ways.
‘‘I think, basically, people are good.’’