In this TED talk, emergency medical technician O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”

Throughout my career, I have responded to a number of incidents where patients had minutes left to live and there was nothing I could do for them. With this I was faced with a dilemma: Do I tell the dying that they are about to face death, or do I lie to them to comfort them?

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Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York.