Kate Summers walked down a hospital hallway, looking down at her feet and watching her steps, counting them, until she reached her son Nathan's hospital room.
She ground to a halt when she got there and looked up to see a male nurse standing in the doorway.
"Mrs Summers, while you were gone, we changed some of Nathan's bandages." He said. Kate felt like she had been punched in the gut, but she carried on.
"Right." She said, nodding slowly. "Any change in his condition?"
"He's noticed he's without an arm now, he knows it's been amputated." The nurse said sympathetically.
"He's upset, isn't he?" Kate winced.
"He is indeed, Mrs Summers." The nurse nodded. "He needs his mother."
Kate swallowed and nodded, feeling a lump in her throat. The nurse walked away and Kate walked inside to her son. She saw Nathan was sleeping and picked him up off his hospital bed.
"Nathan, it's me, it's Mommy." She said soothingly as she sat down in a chair.
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