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February 16, 2013
In 1955, I was a premature baby slowly losing weight and dying. My mother noticed this energetic, young doctor taking care of other children in the maternity ward at the old St. Luke's Hospital downtown. As my health continued to deteriorate, she asked Dr. Sato to begin caring for me. As my mother always says, he saved my life. I know many can relate to this story. Can you believe during that time he made house calls? He could still recite my address to me up until his retirement.
When I was lucky enough to become a mother, I could think of no other doctor to take care of my babies. Thank God he was still taking newborns. Dr. Sato took care of my three daughters until their adulthood which was right at his retirement….age 82 …… I think. I am so thankful to have gotten to know him as an adult.
This man made you feel a special connection with him alone. He took care of you like he was taking care of one of his own. He told me especially near his retirement, he loved what he was doing. That was evident by the many children he took care of over his career and the sacrifices he made. They just don't make doctors like him anymore. No offense please to any doctors out there. But you have to understand that generation was and is special! Maybe it has something to do with WWII…coming out of the depression…I do not know! But they are truly the greatest generation and he is on the top of that list!
Yes all the stories are wonderful to read. We too remember the birds chirping in our ears, the apple balloons as well as the balloons on tongue depressors, and of course counting backwards, forwards during the dreaded shot! Yes, he was quick! Can you imagine how many shots he gave in his life time? Has to be a Guinness record! Do you remember his handwriting? I always had to immediately decipher the notes when I got home so I would not forget.
I can only hope Dr. Sato can continue taking care of children on his next journey and doing what he loved …..I think more than gardening! This man deserved every accolade, award, certificate or plaque he ever received and then some. I am truly sad to know this man is no longer among us. He will always be a part of my heart, memory, and spirit. We are truly blessed and better people for having him in our lives. You were truly loved and respected Dr. Sato!!!
In deepest sympathy to the Sato family,
Melissa (Missy) Miller (Lanning)
Emily Coleman (Miller), Bridie Smith (Miller), and Molly Straumann (Miller)
Marilyn and Libby Lanning
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