Ex­tra­or­di­nary, or­di­nary doc re­tires

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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.’’

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