A Terrible Day in Casualty @JoyGerken @RRBC_Org @4WillsPub @4WP11

On one unusually quiet Sunday afternoon, as a newly trained staff nurse, I, along with a group of other nurses and docs were sitting, chatting away about nothing in particular.  As time went on, I heard a distraught voice call out for help.  At that time, it seemed that all my colleagues had disappeared on tea, smoke, or toilet breaks, so I was all alone.

I rushed to the open door to find a mother walking alongside her child, who appeared to have one end of a red oil can sticking in his neck/throat, while the other end was sticking out of his head.  While I ushered them on deeper into the hospital lobby, the mother began explaining that the child had been running with the can in his hand, when he fell – the spout went in one end of his neck and straight through his head and out onto his skull.

I shouted to the mother to stand still with her child, while I rushed to fetch a wheelchair, then sat the mother down in it, with her child on her lap. The little one was fully conscious and whimpering, but amazingly, appeared not to be in too much pain.

Within what seemed like moments, the casualty department filled with consultant pediatricians, anesthetists, doctors, nurses, Uncle Tom Colby, and all.

The child went speedily into theatre (surgery), had the item removed, and was put on strong antibiotics.

At the end of that shift, I went home and poured myself a large brandy.

Later, I heard from a colleague who worked on the kids’ ward of the hospital, that every major blood vessel had been missed during the child’s fall, except for one small vessel that had been damaged.  His hospital stay lasted only about 4 days.

Someone was really looking down on that family, that day.

10 thoughts on “A Terrible Day in Casualty @JoyGerken @RRBC_Org @4WillsPub @4WP11

  1. Hi Joy–What an amazing story about the child. I’m so glad everything ended on a positive note. I have so much respect for nurses who are on the front line with patients. My daughter is a nurse practitioner working with neonatal and my granddaughter will be following in her footsteps.

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  2. Mums are always cautioning their children not to run with scissors, pencils, or anything else in their hands because of potential injury. Unfortunately, mums can’t watch the children 100% of the time so injury occurs. Even then, children will continue to test the boundaries. Good on ya, Joy! Great ending!

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  3. The mother provided absolute proof that her son’s accident was not a case of child abuse. And what a miracle: “every major blood vessel had been missed.” I’m sure you have more stories where that one came from, Joy!

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    1. Thanks for lookinf in Nonnie, no this was not the can, however the one causing the damage was identical. An incident I have never forgotten and how lucky that little boy was to survive.


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