It’s Time to Stop Stigmatizing Lifesaving Tracheostomy Tubes

It’s Time to Stop Stigmatizing Lifesaving Tracheostomy Tubes

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It’s Time to Stop Stigmatizing Lifesaving Tracheostomy Tubes

My family and I are gathered around the television when one of our favorite shows is interrupted by a commercial. An image is shown of a young person smiling at the camera. They appear to be happy and healthy. Then the screen changes to show the same person lying in a hospital bed. Their bones are visible under their skin, and they no longer have that vibrant smile. They are breathing through a tracheostomy tube,…

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