Veteran's last words hold special meaning to family
May 9, 2020
McDermott's family said goodbye to the 84-year-old who battled Alzheimer's and coronavirus in his final days, but it was his last words that left them all in awe.
"He was on comfort measures and there was no expectation he was communicating," said Vin McDermott, Tom's son.
Doctors said Tom McDermott's lungs were overwhelmed by the virus and he never spoke again. Instead, he sang.
While Tom McDermott's family was at mass, a call came from the hospital: his last words were a song: "God Bless America."
"I don't know where the memory to sing or the energy to sing came from," Vin McDermott said.
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