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Patient's experience

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:277
  1. Colin John Rees, consultant gastroenterologist (
  1. 1 Department of Gastroenterology, South Tyneside Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, South Shields NE34 0PL
  1. Correspondence to: C J Rees

    A Bond with the support of Colin Rees

    It was terrifying waking up in intensive care.1 I didn't know where I was or what had been done. In particular, having the balloon in my mouth was terrifying. This frightened me into discharging myself. I was so frightened at the thought I might die, and I wanted to be in familiar surroundings and hoped I would be OK.

    I …

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