The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails

“I remember going on to the operating table,” she told me. “I remember an injection in my arm, and I remember the gas going over, and Glenn, my partner, and Sue, my midwife, standing beside me. And then I blacked out. And then the first thing I can remember is being conscious, basically, of pain. And being conscious of a sound that was loud and then echoed away. A rhythmical sound, almost like a ticking, or a tapping. And pain. I remember feeling a most incredible pressure on my belly, as though a truck was driving back and forth, back and forth across it.”

This is not exactly reassuring for those who are planning on surgery in the near future. Still, it's only a small minority. Here in the US, I think you could sue.

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Advertising for plaintiffs' lawyers on the RC. I just had some serious eye surgery. I was terrified when I was told I would be awake (in order to respond to commands to move my eyes). The anesthesiologist spent some quality time with me prior to the surgery, and assured me that, not only would I be awake, but that I would have no anxiety while my eyeball was being cut. As it turns out, he was right - I remember the whole surgery, even the banter I engaged in with the surgical team. Whatever the risks, modern anesthesia is a miracle.

Posted by: Greg | Feb 14, 2018 10:53:18 AM