One of the kindest things…

Memories from Mary Anne Zeitler

Mom’s second child, Robert Warren Zeitler (Buddy), was born in 1939. Her doctor wasn’t available for the delivery so another doctor came to the house. He announced that Buddy was still-born, saying he was a “blue baby”. He wrapped the baby in a blanket and placed him on a bench in the closed- in back porch. Shortly after, Mom’s doctor arrived, saw the baby on the bench and resuscitated him. This was written up in the paper with the headline “Local Doctor Saves Infant”.

When Buddy was nearly a year old he developed pneumonia. The doctor told Dad to drive to Butler to pick up a prescription for Sulfa, a new drug that had just been released to treat pneumonia. In the meantime Mom was to give Buddy a “mustard bath” to help bring down the fever. While she was doing this, and Dad was driving to Butler, Buddy died. Mom dried him off, dressed him, wrapped him in a blanket and held him as Dad drove them to the funeral home in East Brady. The day of the funeral , Mom came home to find that the neighbors had come into the house and packed up all of Buddy’s things – clothes, crib, baby toys, etc.- and stored them in the attic so she didn’t have to do that. She said it was one of the kindest things anyone had ever done for her.

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