Duh, wear a fucking helmet
Australian doctor uses household drill to save boy
MELBOURNE, Australia A doctor in rural Australia used a handyman's power drill to bore a hole into the skull of a boy with a severe head injury, saving his life.
Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday in the small Victoria state city of Maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his father, Michael, said Wednesday. By the time Rossi got to the hospital, he was slipping in and out of consciousness.
The doctor on duty, Rob Carson, quickly recognized the boy was experiencing potentially fatal bleeding on the brain and knew he had only minutes to make a hole in the boy's skull to relieve the pressure.
But the small hospital was not equipped with neurological drills so Carson sent for a household drill from the maintenance room.
"Dr. Carson came over to us and said, 'I am going to have to drill into (Nicholas) to relieve the pressure on the brain we've got one shot at this and one shot only,'" Michael Rossi told The Australian newspaper.
Carson called a neurosurgeon in the state capital of Melbourne for help, who talked Carson through the procedure which he had never before attempted by telling him where to aim the drill and how deep to go.
"All of a sudden the emergency ward was turned into an operating theater," Michael Rossi told Fairfax Radio on Wednesday. "We didn't see anything, but we heard the noises, heard the drill. It was just one of those surreal experiences."
The procedure took just over a minute, said anesthetist Dr. David Tynan, who assisted Carson.
"It was pretty scary. You obviously worry, (are) you pushing hard enough or pushing too hard, but then when some blood came out after we'd gone through the skull, we realized we'd made the right decision," Tynan told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Rossi was airlifted to a larger hospital in Melbourne and released Tuesday his 13th birthday.
Carson was modest about his feat.
"It is not a personal achievement, it is just a part of the job and I had a very good team of people helping me," he told The Australian.
Michael Rossi was more effusive.
"He saved our son's life," he said.
Carson did not immediately respond to messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press. The hospital said he was busy delivering a baby.
Duh, wear a fucking helmet
I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.
I wonder if he used pliers to help pull the baby out, and pruning shears to cut the cord...Carson did not immediately respond to messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press. The hospital said he was busy delivering a baby.
He sounds like a damn good doctor. That took nerves of steel.
I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West
Lots of medical equipment looks like home/industrial tools because they basically are with a fancier name. My one boss is a Cardiologist and he literally uses a c-clamp on the patient's leg for catherizations. The tool used to break open the ribcage just looks like a huge set of pliers.
This kid suffered the same injury that killed Natasha Richardson. Docs call it "laugh then die" syndrome. Aussie country doctors with few facilities nearby are fantastically resourceful; they have to be.
My cousin is an anaesthetist who works with a lot of orthopaedic surgeons. He sometimes calls from the OR (who says you can't use mobile phones in hospitals!) and the sawing, drilling, hammering in the background sounds like a woodwork class.
Why do people say "Grow some balls"? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding! -Betty White
Wow. Not only did the doctor have balls, but can you imagine what it must have took to convince everyone involved that this was a good idea? Incredible
Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
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