My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Ghazal on his passing last month.
I met him in 1996, to discuss surgery on my left shoulder. His demeanor was very pleasant and he expressed deep concern for my well-being. The entire surgical procedure was flawless.
What struck me the most about him was his compassion. When he visited me a few hours later in my room, I went on and on about the stresses in my personal life.
He patiently waited until I was done, gave me bits of advice and what I will never forget are his final words to me that night. As he was about to leave the room, he turned to me and said, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.”
I have carried those words with me to this day. Dr. Ghazal, I assure you, I have learned not to cry over spilled milk.