Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beijing Suicide

I just talked to my friend in Beijing; she's already up (3:30am) since she just got a call for an emergency surgery scheduled at 6:30am. She now has to go to the office to grab some stents then run to the hospital, all in -5°C weather. Since Thursday is her "no car day", she can drive to work but has to take a taxi or the subway to get to the hospital. The "no car" time runs from 7am through 8pm.

She also had an emergency surgery last night. Unfortunately, after 5 hours in the OR, the patient died. She said the patient was a 35 year old female and pretty looking; she tried to commit suicide by stabbing herself because she found out her husband was having an affair. The stent was used to try and repair a blood vessel but the surgeon was ultimately unsuccessful in saving her life. My friend said that the patient kept staring at her during the surgery, until she finally passed away. Ugh... I don't think I can handle that job.

This is not uncommon. She gets quite a few emergency calls for surgery due to attempted suicides... almost always female patients whose husbands are having affairs. Sigh... they need more mental health and counseling resources in China.

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