Monday, January 16, 2006

Wrong Shoulder

The headline "Mixed Charts Lead to Wrong Surgeries" in the Korea Times reminds me of story from my youth. About 15 years ago my sister had an operation on her left shoulder. When my sister was out cold minutes before the surgery my dad entered the room she was in. My dad prosecuted many malpractice cases in his days as a young lawyer, and in the room he pulled out a Sharpie and in his characteristic humor wrote on the right shoulder "WRONG SHOULDER DUMMY!!!" My dad thought it was very funny. My sister did not find the humor when she awoke. No idea what the doctor thought of it. Hopefully  he never saw it. 


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