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44. Are You Busy Friday Night?
One night a motorcyclist crashed into a bridge.
rider was on his way home from a
. Traveling at about 70 mph on the unlit,
-lane road, he lost control on a curve. He
next to his motorcycle for 20 minutes before
passerby noticed the wreckage.
A half hour later,
rider was lying on a gurney in the
hospital. Moaning in pain, he was unaware of
condition or whereabouts. The emergency room doctors gave
no medication—they needed to examine him thoroughly before
him to surgery.
His jaw was broken, as
all three bones in his right leg. Part
his femur was protruding through his thigh, and
was a deep hole in his shin just
his knee. Dr. Kildare wanted to amputate the
’s leg just below the knee. He said the
in the shin was so deep that infection
be inevitable. He figured amputation now would be
than amputation later.
Dr. Welby disagreed. He said
patient was young enough to heal rapidly, with
possibility of significant infection. Since Dr. Welby was
charge, the patient was allowed to keep his
The day following surgery, the patient achieved brief
in his hospital room. He didn’t notice that
leg was suspended and completely immobilized. He didn’t
that there was an IV tube and needle
into the back of each hand. He didn’t
that his jaw was wired shut. All he
was that a beautiful young nurse was looking
him. He tried to introduce himself, but he
no idea what his name was. He went
back to sleep.