Fillers A memorable patient

Mother and child

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7311.503 (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:503
  1. Ian Nesbitt, specialist registrar in anaesthesia
  1. Newcastle upon Tyne

    She had walked for over a day, down from the jungle covered hills, and now lay stoically, silent and almost unblinking, watching us over the curve of her gravid abdomen. “Deep transverse arrest” meant nothing to me until I saw the baby's arm hanging limply between her legs. “You can deliver this one,” said the house officer in charge of the obstetric unit for the day.

    I pulled the small, lifeless arm. It came off in my hand, neatly disarticulating …

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