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Fillers A memorable patient

The miracle of “sudden renal failure”

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:580
  1. Mario Rüdiger, senior consultant (
  1. Department for Neonatology, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria

One of the advantages of being a neonatologist is that former patients come to visit the clinic even many years after their initial stay, and I can follow up their development. However, sometimes a visiting patient can also bring a bad conscience back.

A few months ago, a lovely 8 year old boy visited our neonatal intensive care unit with his parents. He seemed impressed by the sight of the little babies and could not imagine that he, too, had once been as small. The parents were pleased to see me since, as they told their son, I was “the doctor who was in charge of you.” Only after talking to the parents for some time did I start to remember the family, but when the …

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