I had the privilege of attending a close friend’s living wake last weekend. He has brain tumours and there is no further treatment that can help him. His consultant of many years Dr Mark Thomas attended the celebration and spoke. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the time he had finished speaking. His words were from the heart and showed the art of medicine is more than treating illness. It is about the connecting and relationships, it is about people. I feel the DHB is very lucky to have such a humble and compassionate staff member.