“We want to save the patient too, sir, but you need to make a decision first,” the doctor quickly explained. Nicholas had a bad feeling. His lips quivered as he asked, “What decision?”
“In the event that we can’t save both, do you want to save the mother or the baby?” The doctor grimly spelled out the two options. Nicholas rocked on his heels when he heard the question. He couldn’t process what the doctor just said.
Thankfully, he avoided falling by clutching the wall beside him. He never thought he would ever have to make such a painful decision.
One was the baby he couldn’t wait to meet, and the other was the love of his life. Even so, he knew in his heart what his decision was.
The doctor could tell that Nicholas wasn’t doing well, so he asked concernedly, “Are you alright, sir?”
“I’m fine. Hurry back in and save them! If it comes down to it, save the mother! Save my wife!” Nicholas growled, though his voice was full of agony and torment.
It had taken all the strength in him to make this decision. The doctor immediately signaled to the nurse beside him.
The nurse took out the hospital service agreement and handed it to Nicholas. “We need you to sign this agreement before we can proceed with the surgery, sir.”
As soon as she finished speaking, Nicholas snatched the agreement from her and signed it with his wobbling hand. “Can you go and save her now?”
He returned the signed agreement to the nurse and bellowed, “I want you to save my wife and baby. I don’t care what you need to do! Make sure you save them!”
The nurse and doctor were both alarmed by Nicholas who seemed to be on the verge of madness. The doctor nodded at once and said, “We’ll do our best. We’re bringing in the blood she needs as we speak.”
Then, the doctor and nurse swiftly went back into the surgical theater. Nicholas looked at the tightly shut doors. He punched the wall with his fist, his eyes bloodshot.
He never felt as powerless as he did now. At that very moment, he was willing to give up his life in exchange for Tessa’s. He was willing to do whatever he could to ease her suffering, regardless of the price he had to pay.
Nicholas blamed himself. Why did I ask Tessa to wait for me there? This wouldn’t have happened if I brought her down to the parking lot with me. “It’s my fault. It’s all my fault!”
He mumbled to himself as he punched the wall over and over again. Soon, streaks of blood showed up on the white wall.
The nurse nearby couldn’t bear to see him doing this any longer. She came over and tried to talk to him. “Please calm down, sir.”
With the state that Nicholas was in, there was no way he would listen to her. His gaze was dark and intimidating.
The nurse jumped in fright and scampered off. Just then, Timothy ran out of the elevator with a heaving chest.
He had been on the phone with Tessa when she got into the accident and heard everything that happened. Timothy looked around frantically, and when he finally spotted Nicholas standing outside the surgical theater, he rushed over at once.
When he came nearer, he saw that Nicholas was covered in blood and his face grew even paler. “Nicholas…” he called out.
Nicholas heard his name and looked up with his bloodshot eyes. He looked as if his soul had been sucked out of him. Timothy grew even more fearful when he saw this.
He had never seen Nicholas in this state before, and his already unsettled heart started pounding even more wildly. “How’s my sister doing, Nicholas?” he asked with a trembling voice. Nicholas didn’t respond.
This only made Timothy even more anxious. “Talk to me, Nicholas! How’s Tessa doing? Is she still alive?” he urged frantically. Nicholas clenched his fists and gritted his teeth. He didn’t know how to answer Timothy. In the end, Timothy had no choice but to turn
his attention to his nephew, who was still in a daze. “Gregory, tell me how your mother’s doing. What’s her condition?”