Friday, May 27, 2011

Surgeon Operates While Tornado Hitting the OR

Perhaps some of you have already heard about this powerful story about an orthopedic surgeon who kept operating during a routine case when the tornado hit St John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., this past Sunday. I remain in awe of this surgeon and the OR staff and what they accomplished through such adversity ...with their very lives in jeopardy.

I have actually wondered what would happen in an OR if they were in the middle of surgery and a catastrophe hit. I am thinking that perhaps surgical residencies are so tough because surgeons HAVE to be able to handle anything thrown at them in the most extreme worst case scenario.

Not only was the surgeon skilled, but they were also courageous, determined and dedicated professionals ... despite all the tornado induced challenges they had to work through.

The ceiling was coming down, someone had to hold the door closed so debris didn't blow in, they were standing in water and the surgeon had to operate manually flashlight after the auxiliary power went out.

You can get the rest of this extraordinary story (Patient Outcome and all the other things that happened in and out of the OR that day) in this must read article from Out patient Surgery:

I am so very sorry that so many people are suffering so much because of all these awful storms and floods. My heart and prayers go out to you and I hope you can get all the help you need to rebuild your lives and towns again.


Chrysalis Angel said...

I just can't imagine. What a great team of professionals.

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SeaSpray said...

Hi Angel and Ramona - I'd like to know more. I think near miraculous under those conditions.