On the Yahrzeit of Talia Goldenberg, 1991-2014

Ever since I became a parent, I’ve found it impossible to read, watch, or hear about children dying or being killed.

But this is the story of my friend Rachel Kirtner’s niece, Talia Goldenberg, whose life was cut short by an extraordinarily arrogant doctor, a Dr. Johnny Delashaw at one of Seattle’s top hospitals (Swedish Cherry Hill), who didn’t listen to his patient and whose team didn’t listen to his patient’s family.

I seldom if ever ask for this kind of thing, but I ask you to do this today, to read this whole article through to the end. As a kind of lighting of the yahrzeit candle: Talia went into a coma three years ago today; she died, after being taken off life support, nine days later.

Please read the whole story here. And share it widely.

May her memory be a blessing.


  1. s.wallerstein February 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm | #

    My condolences to you and to the family.

    My son, Pablo, died 15 years ago at age 15. It’s the worst experience that one can go through.

    • Corey Robin February 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm | #

      My heart goes out to you, S.

      • s.wallerstein February 11, 2017 at 5:13 pm | #

        Thank you very much. I appreciate your words of support.

        After Pablo’s death, I went to a psychologist, and she told me that the death of a child is the only loss that people never get over. That’s true. She also said that given that, there was no point treating my grief as if it were a psychological “problem”.

  2. Dina Oh (@dina_oh) February 12, 2017 at 2:55 am | #

    sending love & condolences to Talia’s family. sharing her story & keeping candle glowing.

  3. Steve White February 13, 2017 at 11:03 am | #

    The Death of a Child is awful tragedy. Thank you for exposing this medical malpractice. More people die from doctors errors than opiate overdose every year, it’s especially tragic when it’s your kid

  4. Bruce Wilder February 13, 2017 at 11:17 am | #

    The Seattle Times project covers the political context in which the best impulses of human nature are subverted for the worst.

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