No dia 01 de Agosto, recebi um email do Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine informando que no dia 29 de Julho de 2011 tinha falecido o Dr. Max Harry Weil, orientador de doutorado e grande amigo do meu pai.
Ele acompanhou de perto os poucos meses de leucemia do meu pai em 2004, e logo após a sua morte me enviou um lindo email, do qual reproduzo uma parte abaixo:
“I had anticipated but wanted to escape the thought that your father’s course would be fatal. Words cannot express the sadness of the teacher who out-survives his beloved student. Your father was not only my student but my good and loyal friend. He was a pioneer, an active contributor, an alive and vigorous advocate for the good, and just a warm and considerate human being. We all will miss him so very much.
I would so much welcome your kind offer that we are to keep in contact, honoring his memory and all that he represented for Brazilian Intensive Care. It will be a special pleasure and it will be a special privilege to do so. Let us also consider creating a meaningful memorial for him, perhaps as part of the new Institute of Critical Care Medicine International Headquarters Building which is to open by year end. It was with pride and honor that he pointed to his training and work in the Institute some 32 years ago when it was in Los Angeles and it is still affiliated with the University of Southern California.”
Continuamos a nos corresponder, e ele sempre me dizia que sentia muitas saudades do seu amigo. Anos depois da morte do meu pai ele entrou neste blog para deixar esta singela mensagem:
“I continue to miss my friend and student.”
A bela homenagem do Dr. Andre Guanaes (também um grande amigo do meu pai) dá uma ideia de quem foi esse homem e sua importância para a medicina.
Aqui uma foto do meu pai ao lado do Dr. Weill: