December 3, 2008
Surgeon saves boy's life by text
A British doctor volunteering in DR Congo used text message instructions from a colleague to perform a life-saving amputation on a boy. The BBC reports.
... The 16-year-old boy had been bitten by a hippo, his left arm had been ripped off and was badly infected and gangrenous.
Vascular surgeon David Nott knew he needed to perform a forequarter amputation, which requires the surgeon to remove the collar bone and shoulder blade.
He contacted a colleague who had performed the operation before. "I texted him and he texted back step by step instructions on how to do it," he said.
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