To Save Two Lives
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Busuttil?” a nurse says.
liver should be here at 7:45.”
7:35, disco music is playing, but the mood is tense. Busuttil has
both hands inside Andrew now, one wielding the cauterizing tool.
8:10, Dr. John Goss enters the operating room. Andrew’s new liver
has arrived from Riverside by air ambulance. Busuttil calls out
to Goss: “We’ve got to do a little bit of work here.”
opens the cooler and inspects the liver, which is cradled in ice.
He and another surgeon sit at a small metal table in the corner
and stitch the hepatic vein of the donor liver using blue-green
and Steadman are at a critical juncture in the surgery. Their voices
think he’s hypobulimic,” (CK spelling on hypobulemic) says the surgeon.
hooks a syringe full of blood into an IV line to transfuse Andrew.
just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”
is becoming agitated. He almost has the liver out, but needs a certain
instrument. He turns to Goss.
do me a favor, get me a clamp. It’s crucial. How’re we doing, Randy?”
me a 6.0, please.”
music is silent now. Blood pours into plastic cylinders from the
IV lines connected to Andrew.