Tuesday, June 13, 2006

No Room At the Hospital - Part 2

This is an update to the posting I made on Sunday, June 11, 2006

Gorilla's Guides: No Room At the Hospital

In that posting one of my readers, Maryam, made the following comment:

Wounded people being turned away from hospitals is very common now. I work in an emergency department and we have no space. There are no beds in the wards. They are all taken with badly wounded people. We cannot get plasma. We cannot get drugs. We cannot even get normal saline. We have to wash surgical gloves that are meant to be thrown away after one use. The list is endless. I go home now and I am to exhausted and numb to do anything but sit and stare.

— Emphasis added by me - mfi

The photo above taken today in Samarra about half an hour after a market was bombed. [The bomb targetted a police patrol but missed them, three civilains were killed and eight injured - mfiI] llustrates Maryam's point perfectly. The doctor in the photo is treating one of the injured on the floor because there's no space to do it anywhere else in the A&E department.

His efforts to save his patient's life were unsuccessful. The unfortunate man died about 30 minutes after the photo was taken.


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