Fillers A memorable patient

In at the deep end

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1401
  1. Apul Parikh (, plastic surgery registrar
  1. Royal Free Hospital, London, Amit Parikh Burnley General Hospital

11 am, 8 August 1998—a date that I shall never forget. It was the day after I had landed in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was to spend my elective. The telephone in my room woke me up. It was my supervising doctor. “There has been a bomb blast at the US embassy in town, we need everyone medically trained in casualty now.” With that he hung up.

“I'm not due to start my elective for another week,” I …

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