He survived, though it was touch and go for several days. One day when she was in the hospital elevator on her way to visit him, she overheard two doctors talking. “Did you see the meningitis case on 5?” one asked the other. “Classic case, just classic,” he added. “You’d better hurry – he probably won't make it.” The other doctor nodded, and she stood there, stunned at the callousness. He did make it, though he lost the hearing in one ear, with the added torture of constant ringing in that ear, which lasted the rest of his life.