Yesterday I responded to a case that deeply disturbed me. We received info that someone was strangling a child, when I arrived i was informed that the people involved had been arrested. Just then I received a call to go to the police station as the child was unconscious.
Arriving there, i found a 4 month old baby, unconscious and clearly critical.
The father had allegedly strangled this baby girl, then thrown her onto the concrete ground.
After stabilizing her, we airlifted her to hospital where she is in a very critical condition.
HER OWN FATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a very emotional case for all.
On a positive note, my 14 year old patient, B, that was knocked off his bicycle more than a month ago is doing very well. He is still in ICU with a massive head injury, but recovering well, far beyond expectations. This case really affected me, i visit him every day, and from a 0 prognosis to his current condition, it clearly must be a miracle. Even the neurosurgeon and Intensivist are surpriesd at his recovery.
remember "Mousy Blondy" J, (the little girl who I airlifted after her horrific car crash)... she also should not have survived, I received an sms from her surviving family saying she is back in Durban and doing very well, in fact she is back at play school.
There are times I really hate my job, and there are those few cases that make it seem all worth it.
B and J, you two are very special kids, for both your families and to me, and I wish you all the best in your difficult recovery. The most important thing...
You are alive!