I spent two years on the float team at what was then just the BMC. As one of the few RN’s on the team that meant I was able to float back into Cardiology Nurse Triage room. They did everything from answer triage calls to running the Nuclear stress tests and they worked closely with the doctors and mid levels in the practice.
One of those doctors was Dr. Nahel Farraj. He was a joker with a heart of gold who never did his paperwork on time but he knew the heart and he was good at his job.
Wednesday morning for some unknown reason he never woke up. Heather, his MA of four years was devastated beyond words as well as his family. My limited understanding is that he leaves behind his parents, 8 siblings and a long time girlfriend who loved him dearly.
Its’s hard for me to put into words how his death has affected me. I’ve had loved ones and much closer friends pass who’s deaths have changed my life and yet Dr. Farrajs’ death has as well. I knew him in just brief moments of time. He was someone I occasionally joked with (actually the last time we saw each other he joked he would owe me a six pack for all my hard work on admitting a patient of his) and I’ll never see him again.
It’s a weird reality and it’s changed me. He was a good man and a talented physician but most of all he was a person. Someone who now I can only think of in past tense and it’s unsettling and so sad.
RIP Dr. Nahel Farraj, DO, you were fun, brilliant, kind and will be missed more than you will ever know.