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Closing An Abdomen After A Failed Rescue, The OR Is Silent

Fri, 07/01/2011 - 6:32am
Sid Schwab, MD

I didn’t know her name until it was over, much too late.

What I knew was she was thirteen and that on this winter day someone in her family had been pulling her behind their car, on a sled. No doubt laughing and looking in the rear-view mirror, the person driving had whipsawed around a corner, and the young girl — probably screaming (fear? delight?) — held onto the sled as it careened off the road and into the side of a concrete culvert.

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