On Tuesday morning, nurse Gail Sandidge was working at Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, Texas, when she heard a commotion. Twenty-two-year-old Kyron Templeton was roaming the hospital, wielding a hunting knife, and screaming, “You’re not going to kill my mother!”
He stabbed Sandidge in the chest, and she died from the injury several hours later. Four others were also wounded. Police tracked Templeton down on a road close to the hospital, and while justice will be served, nothing can bring back this beloved nurse whose death has caused a whole community to grieve.
Her sister Debbie Pritchett said:
From the time she was about 7 years old she knew she wanted to be a nurse. I think a lot of it goes back to living in a very dysfunctional household growing up and holding my baby brother before he passed on the way to the hospital and I think at that young age, that was something that she wanted to be, was a caregiver.
Hospital president Steve Altmiller said that Gail died trying to save her patients.
Nurses are protectors by nature. And Gail, she fit that profile. She was protecting her patients in an act of courage today, and in so doing, she lost her life.
Sandidge, who worked at the hospital for nearly 20 years, was described as "a seamstress, a Sunday-school teacher of 2-year-olds, a huge Baylor fan, a mother, a grandmother, a healer, a trainer, a mentor, a nurturer."
It sounds like she was a remarkable woman and will be dearly missed.
Does this make you want to live your life in a way that will inspire others?
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