I've had several questions asking about this next picture. In case you haven't seen it, here is the picture:
see here to read why not). And below is her postoperative picture.
You can see where the skull is missing. That bright white spot in the middle is...you guessed it, the bullet.
She survived, but unfortunately she has not woken up yet. It's been just over a month and she remains completely unresponsive. I discharged her to a nursing home a few days ago where she will likely live out the rest of her days like this.
They have not caught the shooter. I can only pray for her and her children and hope that justice will be served someday.
Stories about general surgery, trauma surgery, dumb patients, dumb doctors, and dumb shit from the dumb world around us.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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God bless you for what you do daily. Hopefully they will get the shooter and her kids will find a good home.ReplyDelete
What an ass, I hope they find him then fry him.ReplyDelete
I still think that ads "tailored" to posts are really insensitive, there is an advert at the top of this post for specialist brain damage lawyersReplyDelete
That's nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence.Delete
It's things like this that make me question any faith I have in humanity but then there's people like you who save hundreds of lives everyday. Still, it well- sucks that things like this happen.ReplyDelete
A question about the bullet, I can understand leaving it in when you're referring to body tissue, however won't leaving it in the brain interfere with the neurological processes? Or is it more of a lesser of two evils kind of thing?
The brain can re-forge neural pathways around it. You can actually do a hemispherectomy - literally taking out half the brain - and still have a person retain nearly all their cognitive powers (including memory and personality - though they will have some paralyzation).Delete
Wait, is the skull missing from the whole area that there is no white?! Sorry if that's an incredibly stupid question but I'm no a doctor....ReplyDelete
Yes, where there is no white is where part of the skull was removedDelete
How come she hasn't woken up yet? :( And why won't she ever again?ReplyDelete
She has a bullet in her brain.Delete
I appreciate that one must not confuse correlation with causation, but really - why do you think?
Damn that sucks. I wish there was something that could be done to get her conscious. But it's amazing that she was shot in the head and she's still alive!ReplyDelete