So what word or phrase was removed? Stay tuned. You know I'll get there.
I went to check on her the next morning before leaving the hospital, and nothing had changed. Though her vital signs were stable, she was still comatose.
"She passed? What time?" I asked.
"Oh no, she's doing really well, she's extubated, she's talking, she's awake and alert, and she's following commands appropriately. We want to transfer her out of the ICU to the trauma ward."
It takes a lot to render me speechless, but I must have sat there in stunned silence for what seemed like an hour (but was probably closer to 2 seconds) before I managed to stammer my excellent, eloquent response:
After consulting with a psychiatrist (obviously), I transferred her to the psychiatric ward the following day. She clearly needed some major help, though not of the physical type, and much more specific aid than I am capable of offering.