A woman raised in a small town in Texas, born
in 1925 in the year of 1950, was 25 years old. She met and married a man
from Indiana, he being the of the age 35. How they met is untold.
The woman, Nadine, maiden name of Calhoun, was with child in the later
part of 1949. She and her husband James Virgil Drummond lived in Indiana
at this time. James Virgil a construction worker, was killed
two months before his only child was born. A large piece of equipment
fell upon him, and stole his life from him. The grief stricken Nadine
moved back to Texas to be near her family. The doctor Nadine had
seen in Indiana told her he would have to perform a cesarean on her because
her torso was too small to give birth. And as she relayed this information
to her new doctor in Texas, he replied, "No." "That is untrue, you
will do fine birthing your child." And so on April 15th. 1950 Nadine
Calhoun Drummond passed away at the age of 25. Her heart burst before
the the doctor arrived to deliver her child. She laid for many hours in
agonizing pain and I am sure horror, before her heart burst within her.
What she may have been thinking as her mother sat outside her hospital
door waiting for news of the birth of her newest grandchild. After
Nadine's death, the doctor cut the baby boy out from within his mothers
dead body. The doctor told the boys grandmother your child is dead,
and you have a healthy grandson. No remorse was shown from the doctor,
as told to this young boy, by his grandmother, in the years ahead.
And she swore to have smelled alcohol on his breath. It was understood,
as the story's told, the doctor spoke words of unsympathetic jargon.
As Nadine laid there, in I believing, she knew that she was dying, I wonder
of her last thoughts. Could they be of the child that still nourished within
her. Or of her husband who had left her a widow just months before.
One wonders if they are together now, waiting for there child to
be returned to them. Because for him, he always felt to be, nobodies child.
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