What About Mark? #2: Birth (Part 2)

0812parkland_hp#2.  BIRTH (Part 2):  I was born at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Parkland was where John F. Kennedy and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald (not to mention Harvey’s killer, Jack Ruby), took their final breaths.

Many years after my birth, my little sister was a medical student at the University of Kansas.  Her area of study was Physical Therapy and one of her internships happened to be at Parkland.  I believe this was where she was assigned to assist in the Burn Unit.  She had to put patients into a huge vat of water so their burnt skin could float away.  I remember her telling horror stories in which a few victims who had such severe burns that their limbs actually floated away in this tank.  You know, hands and things…

At any rate, she didn’t have the stomach for this and later changed her concentration to Occupational Therapy.  No less demanding, if you ask me but it did get her a “close encounter” with Bono of the Irish rock band U2 many years later.  But that’s another story..


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