A quiet corner room

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 10 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6037
  1. Jenna Gantner
  1. North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley Colorado 80631-5199, USA
  1. Gantnejl{at}

A 23 year old woman walks into an emergency department. She's 22 weeks pregnant, and she can't breathe. Her doctor mumbles something reassuring as her mind pours over differentials and her hand passes an ET tube. The patient teeters on this moment, and the room takes a deep breath.

The 23 year old has gone from a person to a body that doctors try to …

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