Mehmet’s presence

Photo by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash

Victor left this earth on the last day of June last year. He was alone, or no, not alone. He was with Mehmet, the gentle and deeply caring male nurse, former kickboxing champion of Turkey, and devout Muslim, that had been hired to help care for Victor in his sister’s home in Karaköy, Istanbul.

Mehmet protected Victor’s dignity. His mere presence placed a cushion around Victor that no one could trespass or dislodge. His ablutions…



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