Fillers A memorable patient

An ad hoc blood bank

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:595
  1. Kenneth Macrae Leighton, retired professor of anaesthesia
  1. Smithers, British Columbia, Canada

    On a wet afternoon in 1953 a truck drew up at the foot of the steps of the hospital. Four Indian men carried a young boy inside. They operated a saw mill in the bush, they said. That morning the boy had fallen across the blade, which cut his leg off above the knee and then turned him around and went up his thigh and into the hip joint. He seemed to be dead so they covered him with a sack and carried on sawing.

    Later, someone thought that they could see that he …

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