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Doctor shot at hospital was ‘guardian angel’ to patient

November 23, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area mother says a doctor who was fatally shot at a hospital treated her son a few hours earlier and had pledged to make him feel better.

Miriam Smith tells WLS-TV that she reflected on Thanksgiving about her encounter with Dr. Tamara O’Neal. She says she could “never thank her enough” for taking care of a 9-year-old son who had a fever, nausea and fatigue Monday.

O’Neal was shot at Mercy Hospital in a dispute with her ex-fiance, two hours after the boy was discharged. Smith says she gave O’Neal a hug, and the doctor told her to take care of her son. Smith calls the doctor her “guardian angel.”

Two other people were killed by Juan Lopez: police Officer Samuel Jimenez and a pharmacy worker, Dayna Less. Police say Lopez killed himself.

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Information from: WLS-TV.

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