Definitely (?) true medical stories!
Okay, we don’t exactly have sources for these stories…but we think they’re absolutely, definitely true! Be sure to read parts I and II of this series and be the judge!
An elderly lady dialed 911 [emergency services] after falling over in her house at Iffley, Oxfordshire. She didn‘t wake the other members of the family.
As the ambulancemen were carrying her out of the front door on a stretcher, the woman’s son, roused from his slumbers by the noise, staggered onto the landing, panicked at the sight of strange men in his home and tripped all the way downstairs, knocking himself out.
His wife came rushing out of the bedroom to see what was wrong.
Observing her husband lying on the hall floor, she promptly fainted and fell downstairs herself.
The paramedics now had THREE casualties to take to A&E instead of one.
The tally rapidly became four when the family dog rampaged furiously into the hall and inflicted an indignant bite on the bottom of one of the ambulancemen.
A spokesman for the Oxford Ambulance Service said, “It was quite a night, actually!”
High mortality rate
High mortality rate – source unknown (but do you believe it?)
More trouble in the operating theater, I’m afraid.
Surgical readers may sometimes get irritated with their anesthesiologists, but at least they don’t usually follow the example of top Brazilian general surgeon Marcelino Da Silva.
Dr. Da Silva was taking out an appendix in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro when he began arguing loudly with Dr. Barcelos, who was gassing for him.
The subject of the dispute was, of course, the fee for the procedure. Tempers flared and eventually the 60-year-old Da Silva pulled out a pistol from under his operating gown and shot the anesthesiologist. Throwing down the gun, he then fled the theater.
Interns and residents tried—in vain—to save poor Dr. Barcelos.
While all of this was going on, the patient inevitably woke up, had a look at the situation and fainted onto the floor.
If Dr. Da Silva ends up being executed, this could turn into an operation with quite a high mortality.