Filler A memorable patient

Swimming the water of life

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7356.139 (Published 20 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:139
  1. Shubhada Suri, staff grade physician.
  1. Rotherham

    At the age of 35, I started swimming lessons to be able to accompany my children into the pool. I met Alfred at my first lesson. He looked about 70 then. I watched him walk slowly and painstakingly with his tripod. As I stood at the steps of the pool behind him, he nodded and said, “After you, doctor.”

    “Oh. Have we met before?” I asked. Alfred introduced himself. He had been a patient on our stroke ward more than four years back. He had had a severe stroke and had to be ventilated for a few weeks. He had made …

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